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Help is Here Express stops in Valdosta

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The three simple words on the front of the bus were a reassuring sight for many: Help is Here.

On Monday, The Help is Here Express made a stop at Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ in Valdosta.  The bus is sponsored by Partnership for Prescrition Assistance.  Their mission? To help struggling people get the medications they need.

"In many cases, the medicines are free, or nearly free," explains Karl Uhlendorf, Deputy Vice President.  "The program covers about 2,500 different brand name and generic medicines, so there's a lot of help out there for people who need it."

this is the eighth time the Help is Here Express has been to Georgia since the program started in 2005. So far, they've helped over 230,000 Georgians. 

Garry Thornton drove in from Echols County to visit the bus after being dropped from Medicaid. "They claimed I made too much money... $981 per month!" says Thornton.  He insists the help he received from PPA was well worth the drive.

"This program--it will help me and other people out there who need it," Thornton says. 

The high-tech tour bus, which travels throughout the country, serves as a consultation room. Workers meet with visitors and, in a matter of minutes, determine which medication programs they qualify for.

"People tend to get frustrated. They tend to get discouraged, but it's important for them to know that help is available," adds Uhlendorf. 

The Help is Here Express will be in Georgia for the rest of the week, offering assistance to the growing number of people in need. The bus will be at Albany Technical College on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, and at First Baptist Church of Americus from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM.  

If you aren't able to visit the bus during these times, you can always access help from the Partnership for Presciption Assistance by calling their toll-free number 1-888-4PPA-NOW.  You can also visit www.pparx.org

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