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The National Head Start Association and Together Rx Access Join Forces to Improve Prescription Access

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News J E 4
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 9 The National Head Start Association (NHSA) and Together Rx Access announced today a collaboration to launch the Together Rx Access(R) FOR HEAD START Card to help eligible uninsured individuals and families associated with Head Start access immediate and meaningful savings on prescription medicines and products right at their neighborhood pharmacies.

There is an urgent need for the Together Rx Access FOR HEAD START Card as many individuals associated with Head Start are without health insurance, making it difficult for them to stay healthy and to manage chronic conditions. Some low-income families who participate in Head Start programs do not qualify for public assistance, such as Medicaid. Although many participating children are covered under SCHIP, their parents often face difficulty accessing their prescription medications. In addition, Head Start relies on generous volunteers who donate their time to the organization. Many of these individuals may lack health insurance, and could benefit from a Program that helps them save on their prescriptions.

"This collaboration underscores the commitment of the Together Rx Access participating companies to seeking new and innovative ways of reaching those without health insurance who may benefit from the Program's savings," said Roba Whiteley, executive director, Together Rx Access. "Together Rx Access is the only multi-manufacturer program offering its cardholders immediate access to savings on hundreds of brand-name prescription medicines, as well as thousands of generics. We look forward to working with the National Head Start Association to help those associated with Head Start programs access these savings."

NHSA represents more than one million low-income children and 200,000 staff members. Since its creation in 1965, nearly 25 million pre-school aged children have benefited from the 2,600 Head Start programs that provide educational, health, nutrition and parent involvement services.

"We are pleased to partner with Together Rx Access to help our families and volunteers access savings on their prescription medications during these increasingly difficult times," said Yasmina Vinci, executive director, National Head Start Association. "While Head Start is often recognized primarily for its educational contribution, healthcare and family services have been a long-standing part of the support it provides, and we plan to utilize existing channels of communication within NHSA to raise awareness of Together Rx Access among the individuals and families served by Head Start, as well as our volunteers and corporate and non-profit sponsors."

Together Rx Access offers potential cardholders a simple enrollment process. Individuals have the option of enrolling online at TogetherRxAccess.com, calling a toll-free number 1-877-789-8034, or completing a short paper application and returning it by mail. All enrollment materials, including the Together Rx Access website, are available in English and Spanish.

Individuals who are not eligible for the Together Rx Access FOR HEAD START Card will be directed to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) as they may qualify for additional savings on prescription medicines, or even free medicines, through other public or private assistance programs. The PPA also connects people to free health clinics in their community.

About the National Head Start Association

The National Head Start Association is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than one million children, 200,000 staff and 2,600 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.

Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Nearly 25 million pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start.

About Together Rx Access

Nearly 90 percent of uninsured Americans eligible for Program

The Together Rx Access Card was created by many of the nation's leading pharmaceutical companies to help hardworking Americans and their families gain access to immediate and meaningful savings on prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacy. Most cardholders save 25 to 40 percent(1) on brand-name prescription products. More than 300 brand-name prescription products are included in the Program(2). Savings are also available on a wide range of generics. Medicines in the Program include those used to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, asthma, and many other common conditions. The Together Rx Access Card is free to get and free to use.

The Together Rx Access Program, which has more than two million cardholders, can help many more who have no prescription drug coverage and are not eligible for Medicare lead healthier lives by offering them meaningful savings on prescription products.

Together Rx Access also directs individuals to the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a clearinghouse for more than 475 public and private assistance programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies. Those who are eligible for the Together Rx Access Card may qualify for additional savings on prescription medicines, or even free medicines, through other patient assistance programs in the PPA. The PPA also connects people to free health clinics in their community.

The companies participating in the Together Rx Access Program include Abbott Laboratories; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; GlaxoSmithKline; Janssen, L.P.; King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; LifeScan, Inc.; McNeil Pediatrics, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.; Ortho Dermatologics, a Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc.; Ortho Women's Health & Urology, a Division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Pfizer Inc; PriCara, a Unit of Ortho-McNeil, Inc.; Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.; Tibotec Therapeutics, a Division of Centocor Ortho Biotech Products, L.P.; and Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

For more information about the Together Rx Access FOR HEAD START Card, visit TogetherRxAccess.com or call 1-877-789-8034. Information is also available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Together-Rx-Access/56025368931 .

(1) Each cardholder's savings depend on such factors as the particular drug purchased, amount purchased, and the pharmacy where purchased. Participating companies independently set the level of savings offered and the products included in the program. Those decisions are subject to change.

(2) Visit TogetherRxAccess.com for the most current list of brand-name medicines and products

Together Rx Access and the Together Rx Access logo are trademarks of Together Rx Access, LLC. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2009 Together Rx Access, LLC.

SOURCE Together Rx Access
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