270K Eligible For W.Va. Free Drug Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- About 17,000 West Virginia residents are taking advantage of the state's innovative free medication program.

But program director Brenda Dane says as many as 270,000 residents are eligible to receive free drugs through West Virginia Rx.

The program, which relies on donations from pharmaceutical companies, is open to residents earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

That's about $44,000 for a family of four.

Eligible residents also can't be enrolled in a government program like medicaid, and can't have prescription drug coverage already.

When the program was launched, Gov. Joe Manchin said it was the largest charitable pharmacy program in the country.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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