(CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) − During these difficult economic times, more and more Americans are struggling with the potentially life-threatening decision of purchasing their monthly dose of medication or paying their bills.

Fortunately, the Medication Assistance Program offered by the Texas A&M Health Science Center Coastal Bend Health Education Center has been able to offer much-needed help for many in this situation. By applying to pharmaceutical companies for medication assistance on their client’s behalf, the program obtains prescriptions treating everything from diabetes to depression for little to no cost to their clients.

With a nationwide unstable economy, this Corpus Christi-based program receives calls from across the country.

“We are finding after surveying the availability of programs like this in other states that ours is one of the few programs that is more personal in nature,” says Guadalupe Reyes Jr., director of the HSC-Coastal Bend Health Education Center. “We are able to have a live person on the phone assisting callers when so many of the other states have only automated answering services.”

In instances where the calls come from across state lines, callers are referred to similar programs much closer to home or emailed applications to submit to the pharmaceutical companies on their own.

For callers within the program’s 19-county Coastal Bend service area, office locations are available in several of the communities for face-to-face appointments, which can be made by calling (866) 524-1408.

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