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West Virginia Rx Wants to Provide Free Prescription Drugs to More Northern Panhandle Residents

WHEELING – West Virginia Rx is alerting Northern Panhandle residents that many of them may be eligible to receive free brand-name prescription drugs.

The program, which was created by legislation proposed by Gov. Manchin, provides prescription drugs to West Virginians who have no prescription drug insurance coverage and meet certain income requirements.

“West Virginia Rx helps connect West Virginians with the brand-name medications they need,” Brenda Dane, executive director of West Virginia Rx, said. “But many Northern Panhandle residents who are eligible for the program don’t realize yet that it is available. Although West Virginia Rx cannot fill generic prescriptions or any written for controlled drugs, we can fill the most expensive brand-name drugs that are out of reach for most people with no prescription drug coverage.”

Almost 225,000 West Virginians who lack prescription drug coverage cannot afford the medications they are prescribed by their doctors and qualify for West Virginia Rx. Since its creation in 2008, West Virginia Rx has worked to extend its services to those who need its help.

“I appreciate the efforts that West Virginia Rx is making,” Sen. Jack Yost, D-Brooke, said. “Many residents in our area could benefit from the services that this program offers. It is important to have programs like this in place to help West Virginians in need.”

To qualify for West Virginia Rx, a person must: be a West Virginia resident; have a yearly income that is 200 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g., $21,660 for one person; $44,100 for a family of four); have no prescription drug coverage or government assistance; and not be a patient at a free clinic or primary care center. Proof of income (e.g. 1040, 1099, and/or unemployment status forms) and photo identification also are required. There is an annual $30 enrollment fee, but it can be waived in certain cases.

“It’s a pretty simple process once we’ve received the enrollment information,” Dane said.

West Virginia Rx is made possible by the support of donated medications from several pharmaceutical manufacturers including Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, King Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly & Company, Merck & Company, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Sanofi Aventis.

Founding funders for West Virginia Rx are the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Heinz Family Philanthropies, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the Rite Aid Foundation, Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and CVS Foundation.

To request applications or information about West Virginia Rx, call the toll-free number, 1-877-388-WVRX (9879). Applications are available online.

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WHEELING – West Virginia Rx is alerting Northern Panhandle residents that many of them may be eligible to receive free brand-name prescription drugs.

The program, which was created by legislation proposed by Gov. Manchin, provides prescription drugs to West Virginians who have no prescription drug insurance coverage and meet certain income requirements.

“West Virginia Rx helps connect West Virginians with the brand-name medications they need,” Brenda Dane, executive director of West Virginia Rx, said. “But many Northern Panhandle residents who are eligible for the program don’t realize yet that it is available. Although West Virginia Rx cannot fill generic prescriptions or any written for controlled drugs, we can fill the most expensive brand-name drugs that are out of reach for most people with no prescription drug coverage.”

Almost 225,000 West Virginians who lack prescription drug coverage cannot afford the medications they are prescribed by their doctors and qualify for West Virginia Rx. Since its creation in 2008, West Virginia Rx has worked to extend its services to those who need its help.

“I appreciate the efforts that West Virginia Rx is making,” Sen. Jack Yost, D-Brooke, said. “Many residents in our area could benefit from the services that this program offers. It is important to have programs like this in place to help West Virginians in need.”

To qualify for West Virginia Rx, a person must: be a West Virginia resident; have a yearly income that is 200 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Level (e.g., $21,660 for one person; $44,100 for a family of four); have no prescription drug coverage or government assistance; and not be a patient at a free clinic or primary care center. Proof of income (e.g. 1040, 1099, and/or unemployment status forms) and photo identification also are required. There is an annual $30 enrollment fee, but it can be waived in certain cases.

“It’s a pretty simple process once we’ve received the enrollment information,” Dane said.

West Virginia Rx is made possible by the support of donated medications from several pharmaceutical manufacturers including Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, King Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly & Company, Merck & Company, Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Sanofi Aventis.

Founding funders for West Virginia Rx are the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Heinz Family Philanthropies, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the Rite Aid Foundation, Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and CVS Foundation.

To request applications or information about West Virginia Rx, call the toll-free number, 1-877-388-WVRX (9879). Applications are available online.

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