The bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a national effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies which has helped nearly 4 million patients, including more than 37,000 in Iowa. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 1,200 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs.
The 'Help is Here Express' is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients of all ages access more than 475 patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the 'Help is Here Express' moves on, patients in need can visit PPA's easy-to-use Web site (www.pparx.org) or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) where trained operators field calls in more than 150 languages.
More than 40 of the assistance programs focus on the medication and health care needs of children. For example, through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), more than six million uninsured low-income children today receive a wide range of health services, including regular checkups, immunizations, prescription drugs, laboratory tests, x-rays, City Hall visits and more. To help make it easier for parents to learn about these efforts, including SCHIP, the PPA has dedicated a new Web site, http://kids.pparx.org.