Prescription Help For Low-Income And Uninsured Senior Citizens

Bus will be in town Jan. 30

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Nobody should have to choose between buying groceries and paying for their medications.

The Foundation for Prescription Assistance can help.

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Dusty Wright warms up before going over to third base at Rumsey Park. Wright is a member of the Payson Cougars, a senior league team that travels around the state and plays in softball tournaments with other teams in a 55+ age group.

FPA is an Arizona based nonprofit is reaching out to Arizona communities to help low-income, uninsured residents with free drugs from U.S. pharmaceutical companies. FPA provides single point of access to more than 200 pharmaceutical companies and more than 3,000 name-brand drugs through Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs).

FPA will provide information and resources to access these free drug programs through a call center, Bus Tour events and Web site.

The FPA bus tour will be in Payson at the Senior Citizens Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30. While the event is taking place at the senior center, the services are for everyone who may need them.

FPA was created for the primary purpose of making the millions facing financial challenges in this country aware of PAPs, and to assist eligible individuals who cannot afford their prescription medications, due to limited income or other financial hardships. "Many employees can't afford to pay their insurance premiums and pay hundreds of dollars for their medications. Consequently, people end up dropping the insurance plan, because they can't afford both," says Wayne Goshkarian, Founder of FPA.

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Bob Lynch hits another one into the outfield as the Payson Cougars practice their softball skills at Rumsey Park for upcoming Senior Softball Tournaments. Lynch is 80 years old and shows no signs of slowing down.

Goshkarian was associated with the health care insurance business for more than 29 years, and has seen firsthand the effects prescription drugs have had to health insurance cost. "Many insurance plans have seen reduced benefits, annual maximum benefit, limit or exclude important name brand drugs, or are just offer a discount card," Goshkarian said.

According to Henry GrosJean, President of GrosJean & Associates, "Arizona has one of the highest small group health insurance rates. This has caused many small businesses to drop, or significantly reduce pharmacy benefits affecting those who simply can afford their medication without insurance. FPA is a much-needed resource in Arizona."

The goal is to offer a worry-free service that provides name-brand medications while relieving emotional and financial stress.

Foundation for Prescription Assistance can be reached at 14362 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, Ariz. 85260; (480) 767-2799 or toll-free 888-290-9898; FAX (480) 767-2742; e-mail and Web site wayne@fparx.org and www.fparx.org.

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