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'Help is Here Express' stopping in Statesboro to help residents with prescriptions

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    The “Help is Here Express” bus tour will be in Statesboro Saturday, stopping at the Statesboro Regional Library from 10-11 a.m. to assist uninsured residents find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.
    The bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a national effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies. The PPA has helped more than 4 million patients, including nearly 200,000 in Georgia. Since its launch in April 2005, the bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 1,500 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs. 
     The “Help is Here Express” is staffed by trained specialists able to help low-income, uninsured or under insured patients 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 Web site ( or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) where trained operators field calls in more than 150 languages.
    Through the PPA, parents, guardians, health care providers and others can learn about public and private patient assistance programs – including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) – that are available to help children in need. 
    To help make it easier for parents to learn about these efforts, including SCHIP, the PPA has dedicated a new Web site,
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