TV icon promotes free prescription program

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Jerry Mathers may be known for his quick, witty lines on Leave It To Beaver, but his new cause is no laughing matter.

"This is for people who are uninsured and struggling to get their medicines," Mathers said.

The TV star has teamed up with Partnership for Prescription Assistance to shine a light on the growing healthcare problem, and he's hoping to find ways to fix it.

"I have diabetes. Luckily, I am covered. These are tough times, and when people think about the rent and food, a lot of times the medicine goes to the very end. What happens is they just keep getting worse and worse," Mathers said.

Through the PPA program, individuals find out if they qualify for different patient assistance services, as well as free or discounted drugs.  So far, the program has helped more than 100,000 Mississippians.

"When there is help, you better go out and get it because you are going to do everybody a big favor. You won't be in the emergency room, you won't be some place you shouldn't be, because you will have your medicines for free or almost free."

In this weak economy, South Mississippians like Eric Chambala and Glenda Perkins say the service is needed. For example, Chambala lives on a fixed income.

"There is no way we can afford to pay for them medications," Chambala said.

Perkins has insurance, but her co-pays are outrageously high.

"I think it will be a big benefit money wise, and your getting what medication you can," customer Glenda Perkins said.

Meeting people and getting them the meds they need encourages "The Beav" to continue on this national health outreach.

The Partnership For Prescription Assistance bus is traveling through Mississippi this week. For more information about the program, call 1-888-477-2669.

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