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As State Governments Cut Back on Healthcare for the Poor, Private Companies Offer Relief

Posted Feb 3rd, 2009 by Patient Assistance Team

Americans facing government spending cuts on state-sponsored healthcare programs can get help to save money on their prescription medications through and

"American families are hurting enough already," says President of and, Rex Bowden Jr. "They already have to worry about the stress of losing jobs or having their work hours reduced. They're already struggling to avoid foreclosures on their homes. And now half of our state governments can't afford to maintain public healthcare programs for the poor. We believe the best thing anyone can do right now is to be proactive about their healthcare options. That's why we put resources into the public's hands to help them get the medications they need at prices they can afford."

A report issued Wednesday by Families USA estimates that over 250,000 low-income people will be affected by already-enacted budget cuts in some states, which will cause them to lose their health insurance. They estimate that "millions more" could be affected if additional planned cuts take place nationwide. So far 25 states have either already passed budget cuts to state-sponsored healthcare programs, or are planning to.

"States might be hoping for relief through President Obama's economic stimulus package, which may help them meet their budgetary needs," says Bowden. "In the meantime, people need to take action to find substitute savings methods to keep their families healthy. Our programs can help them do that." connects citizens in need to patient assistance programs offered by the pharmaceutical companies. These programs can lead to low-cost, and even no-cost, prescription drugs depending on a person's financial situation and eligibility. gives Americans access to a free, instantly downloadable and printable prescription drug card that can be used at over 50,000 pharmacies nationwide for savings on medications. also partners with many state and county governments, hospitals, clinics, and organizations to put prescription savings into the hands of those who need them.

About is a free prescription drug card program being produced to help all Americans cut their prescription drug costs. Individuals can download and print their free prescription drug card from, and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 50,000 national, regional, and local pharmacies. There are no deductibles, no waiting periods, and no pre-existing exclusions with the use of the card.

About is a nonprofit organization providing information on thousands of patient assistance programs to help users better manage, and reduce, prescription drug costs. Users can search by medication or for specific patient assistance programs, which are updated on a regular basis. The site offers patients a variety of tools including local drug pricing information, the ability to track programs the user is currently enrolled in, and reminders when patients need to resubmit enrollment forms to the pharmaceutical manufacturers. helps consumers find patient assistance programs, supply enrollment forms, and track their re-enrollments all in one place.

To get a free prescription drug card, or if you're a state official wanting to order cards in bulk for your residents, please visit To find patient assistance programs you may be eligible for to get free or discounted prescription medications, please visit All media inquiries can be directed to Rex Bowden at 225-266-7941.

As State Governments Cut Back on Healthcare for the Poor, Private Companies Offer Relief