Letter to the Editor

Possible alternative for drugs

Monday, May 2, 2005

To the editor:

Gov. Matt Blunt recently cut Medicaid eligibility for many Missourians. Many deserving people will lose this life-saving coverage, but there may still be help for citizens -- not from government, but from the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

This program brings together more than 275 public and private patient-assistance programs through the United States, including 150 programs offered by America's pharmaceutical companies.

Doctors, health-care providers, patient-advocacy organizations and community groups belonging to this program can help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage to get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them.

Many people may qualify for free medications.

For more information, call the partnership at (888) 477-2669. You might want to contact your legislators to ask them to get Missouri listed as a participating state.

CHRISTINE E. STEPHENS, Cape Girardeau