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NeedyMeds.org for discounts on prescriptions

October 13, 2010 by  

NeedyMeds.org has information on medicine and healthcare assistance programs.
We do not run a patient assistance program, and we do not supply medicine or financial assistance.

Follow these easy steps to find assistance programs that will help with costs of healthcare.

Look for Low-Cost Medicine Programs

  1. Programs called PAPs (patient assistance programs) provide free or low-cost medicine to low-income people who are uninsured or under-insured. Programs exist for BRAND NAME DRUGS and GENERIC NAME DRUGS
  2. On the NeedyMeds.org one can click on the first letter of the name of your medicine in the alphabet bar to learn about the programs designed to save money on that particular medication.
  3. Look for all of your medicines, not just the most expensive. If your medicine is not on either list, it is not available through a PAP. Call the program if you have questions.

Look for Additional Assistance Programs

Click on the blue words to learn about finding other assistance programs.

  1. Application Assistance is a resource of organizations that will help you find and apply for PAPs for free or a small fee.Disease-Based Assistance is a database of programs that help with the costs associated with specific diseases or conditions.
  2. Government Programs are state and federal programs that assist low-income residents.
  3. Discount Drug Cards lists several categories of cards.

Check all the categories and look for all your medicines.

Source: NeedyMeds.org

Raul Midon Exceptional Guitarist and Singer

October 4, 2010 by  

Raul Midon is into beating the odds, shattering stereotypes, and making category-defying music. “I was told as a child, ‘You’re blind; you can’t do this,’” Midon told an interviewer in 2005. “I was told when I moved to New York, ‘You can’t do that, you’re not going to make it.’” At 40, however, Midon has clearly made it.

After singing backup vocals for stars like Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, Midon released his major-label solo debut, State of Mind, with help from guest artist Jason Mraz. Midon’s innovative songwriting incorporates his lyrics, guitar handiwork (jazz, classical, flamenco, R&B) and “vocal trumpet” improvisation. Though he draws comparisons to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens, Midon is the rare original in an industry of few.

His latest album is A World Within a World.

Video of Raul Midon performing at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference:

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“There are times when you’re reminded of a sweet-voiced Ray Charles, or Nat ‘King’ Cole, but everything about Midon reveals a strong, individual and totally musical mind at work.”

The Guardian UK

$2 million in scholarships available to Latino students

February 9, 2010 by  

The Orange County Register reported that more than $2 million in college scholarships will be awarded this year to Latino students through the Washington, D.C.-based Hispanic College Fund, program officials have announced.

The scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 and are based on merit and financial need.

Last year, five Orange County students won a Hispanic College Fund scholarship, out of 592 recipients total.

More than 500 students nationally are expected to receive a scholarship this year.

“Hispanics are the fastest-growing population in America, and we owe it to them – and our country – to make sure that young Latinos pursue higher education and productive careers that will strengthen our economy,” the scholarship fund said in a statement.

To qualify, undergraduate and graduate students must maintain a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico; be enrolled full-time at an accredited university for the 2010-2011 school year; and demonstrate financial needs.

Santa Ana native Uriel Guadarrama, who received a $4,000 scholarship, attends USC, where he’s majoring in international business and Chinese.

“The HCF scholarship has been a blessing to myself and to my family,” Guadarrama said in a statement. “The financial support that I have received has made it easier for me to focus on my academic and career goals.”

The scholarships are supported by a number of private donors, including Denny’s, Ford Motor Company Fund, Google, Kaiser Permanente, the Manuel Candamo Memorial Scholarship, Verizon, PepsiCo, and J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation.

To apply, go to http://scholarships.hispanicfund.org.

Source: www.ocregister.com

Latinos and blacks in California more likely to die of H1N1 than whites

February 9, 2010 by  

According to Los Angeles Times, California Latinos have been nearly twice as likely as whites to die of H1N1 flu since the pandemic began last spring, according to statewide figures released this morning by the California Department of Public Health.

Over the same months, blacks in the state have been 50% more likely to die of H1N1 flu than whites, according to the report.

“Not everybody has been impacted equally” by H1N1, said state epidemiologist Dr. Gilberto Chavez during a briefing this morning. Chavez said statistics have shown “very important racial disparities” in H1N1 mortality and hospitalization rates.

Chavez said blacks were three times as likely as whites to be hospitalized with H1N1 flu, and Latinos twice as likely. He said Native Americans, who make up most of the “other” category in state H1N1 data, are also more likely to be hospitalized and die of H1N1 flu than whites.

There are several reasons for the higher mortality and hospitalization rates among those minorities, Chavez said. Blacks and Latinos have high rates of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, that studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate put them at greater risk of catching the flu, Chavez said. They also tend to have less access to healthcare and wait longer to seek help, he said, which reduces the chances for successful treatment with antiviral medication.

“For cultural reasons, they may be waiting too long to seek care,” Chavez said. “This gives us an idea of who we need to target for outreach and immunizations.”

Chavez said state officials are still compiling an ethnic breakdown of those vaccinated against H1N1 flu and trying to determine whether there is a connection between vaccinations and lower mortality or hospitalization rates.

Of those vaccinated at the clinics, 29% were Asian, 44% Latino, 3% black and 19% white, county health officials said. Los Angeles County is 47% Latino, 29% white, 13% Asian and 8% black, according to the most recent census figures.

A Times/USC poll in November found blacks in California were far less likely than other groups to say they planned to get the vaccine.

Last week, state health officials saw a slowdown in the use of H1N1 vaccines and began encouraging healthcare providers with unused vaccines to return them to the state to create a stockpile in case a third wave of outbreaks occurs this year, Chavez said.

Healthcare providers are not required to return unused vaccines, and it is unclear how many may have them, Chavez said. State and county officials have declined to release a list of providers that ordered and received vaccine, citing privacy concerns.

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Source: www.latimes.com

Gaps emerging in US census outreach to immigrants

February 9, 2010 by  

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the government is fumbling some efforts to assure immigrants that U.S. census data won’t be used against them, including gaps in outreach and foreign language guides that refer to the decennial count as an investigation.

With the launch of the head count weeks away, the Census Bureau’s outreach has been falling short in at least a dozen major cities, such as Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Jose, Calif., and Seattle, according to a report released Monday by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Many of their states are on the cusp of gaining or losing U.S. House seats and face a redrawing of legislative boundaries that may tilt the balance of political power.

The report generally praises the Census Bureau for improved efforts since 2000. But noting the large ramifications of even a small undercount, AALDEF is critical of the Obama administration. The legal group cited the government’s refusal to give fuller assurances that census data would be kept confidential and to suspend large-scale immigration raids during the count , as was done in the 2000 census. AALDEF said it wasn’t ruling out legal action to get stronger guarantees.

“We are running the risk of a real undercount,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. “The next few weeks will be critical.”

The Census Bureau is printing instruction guides and sample forms in dozens of different languages for use in community help centers, since one in five residents speak a language other than English at home. But there have been errors due to poor translations, including material for Vietnamese speakers that describe the census as a “government investigation.”

Other gaps included a lack of specialists for the Bangladeshi community in Detroit; the nation’s third largest Korean-American population in Chicago; and the south Asian and Cambodian groups in Philadelphia and Rhode Island. In Virginia, when groups cited a need for census specialists for their Korean and Vietnamese communities, the agency responded by hiring someone who spoke Chinese.

Responding, the Census Bureau has emphasized it is devoting a large amount of its $133 million ad campaign to racial and ethnic audiences, including television spots in 28 different languages. It also worked with more than 150,000 business and community groups, hoping to build trust in its message that filling out the 10-question census form is safe and easy to complete.

To encourage participation, Census Director Robert Groves on Monday visited neighborhoods along the U.S.-Mexico border near Laredo, Texas. As many as half the residents were missed there in 2000 because they had little knowledge of English and feared being turned over to immigration agents.

Other trouble spots:

Latino groups are worried the Census Bureau’s ad campaign may neglect communities with higher numbers of immigrants in poverty. Census-takers also may be less adept in navigating some areas because of an agency requirement that employees be U.S. citizens.

In 2000, the Census Bureau noted for the first time an overcount of 1.3 million people, due mostly to duplicate counts of more affluent whites with multiple residences. About 4.5 million people were ultimately missed, primarily lower-income minorities.

Source: www.philly.com

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