Thousands of patients with no health insurance walk through the doors of this neighborhood clinic every year. Dr. Temple Robinson says many have jobs, but either their employer doesn’t offer insurance or they don’t make enough to afford it. Sometimes that means they go without medication they need to stay alive.
Dr. Temple Robinson of Bond Community Health Center says, “These are people who work, but you have to make a decision. If your medicines, for example, cost $500 a month, you can’t go to Publix and buy medicine.”
Robinson hopes her patients will take advantage of a brand-new service called the Partnership for Prescription Assistance of Florida. You can log onto a website or call a
toll-free number, confidentially give your prescription information, and get instantly hooked up with 275 free or reduced-cost drug programs.
The larger issue, of course, is the growing number of Floridians who don’t have health insurance. Programs like this new partnership are a big help, but state officials say insurance companies need to step up, too.
Rep. Curtis Richardson, (R) Tallahassee, says, “We need to get them involved and working with government and the pharmaceutical and health care industry to come up with solutions.”
In the meantime, health care providers and community groups hope the prescription assistance program catches on, and fewer families have to choose between medicine and food.
Leon County Commission Chair Cliff Thael estimates more than 50,000 residents in the Tallahassee area do not have health insurance.
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