Bus tour helps the uninsured

HEALTH NOTES

October 21, 2007

The Help is Here Express bus tour will be at the Carroll Nonprofit Center from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster.

The bus offers uninsured Americans help in finding programs that provide free or low-cost prescription medicines. The tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a national effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies.

The bus is staffed by trained specialists who can quickly help low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients get access to more than 475 patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs that are offered by pharmaceutical companies.

The Help is Here Express also has a Web site, www.pparx.org, and a toll-free phone number, 888-4PPA-NOW, where operators take calls in more than 150 languages.

Information: 202-835-3474, 202-329-1334 or 202-210-5826.

Flu, pneumonia clinics planned

The Carroll County Health Department has announced its 2007 flu and pneumonia clinic schedule for residents 18 and older.

The cost for flu vaccine is $20 for those not covered by Medicare Part B.

Medicare will be billed for participants who show their cards and are not enrolled in a Medicare health maintenance organization.

Pneumonia vaccine costs $40 for those younger than 65 who have a doctor's order. Medicare will be billed for eligible people 65 and older.

Clinics will be held at:

North Carroll Senior Center, 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 29.

Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16.

Information: 410-876-3003.

Event to honor teen who died

The Megan Taylor Foundation will hold its second Megan Taylor Luau from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Pleasant Valley fire hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

The event honors Megan Taylor, who died at age 17 in a car accident Dec. 2, 2003.

She had planned to be an elementary school teacher, so proceeds will go to help children afford extracurricular activities and to support community centers, social services, nursing homes and the Humane Society of Carroll County.

The luau will include gaming wheels, contests, raffles, a silent auction, a cash bar, a disc jockey, dancing and a dinner buffet.

No one younger than 18 will be admitted. Tickets are $40, in advance only.

Information: 443-536-8964.

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