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Health Reform and Seniors

By Yvette Crenshaw

For many senior citizens with health issues and tight budgets, getting the medication they need can pose enormous challenges.  The new health reform law will bring some fiscal relief — and no one could be happier about that than Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS), a Community Health Center in Danville, VA.

 Billy Crumpton, CEO of Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS) weighed in with the local newspaper, the Danville News ,on the changes coming their way. 

That extra money for some seniors could mean not having to choose between buying life-sustaining medication or paying the electricity bill.

Crumpton also noted that funding for Community Health Centers in the new law will help them reach out to more patients in need.  And there are many who need help.  According to the article,  “PATHS’s Southside Virginia MedAssist program helps 1,800 locals get their medications. That includes aabout 200 Medicare enrollees, who either can’t afford brand-name drugs not on the Medicare list or who fall into the doughnut hole.”