Thursday, April 3, 2008

Press conference announcing no-cost prescriptions for uninsured

Thank you to Channel 8 for posting your coverage of Central Dallas Ministries' press conference online here:

Central Dallas Ministries, CommuniCare; Baylor Health Care System; Abbott, AstraZeneca, Merck, and Novartis.

News conference announcing partnership that will provide no-cost prescription drug program for uninsured families in Dallas.

April 2, 2008 – 11:00 a.m.

Central Dallas Ministries’ Health Clinic, 801 N. Peak Street, Dallas TX

The news conference will announce the partnership between Central Dallas Ministries ( and CommuniCare (, including how the two will work together to serve working uninsured patients in the next year in the Dallas area. This is the first time CommuniCare is moving outside the borders of South Carolina to bring its no-cost prescription drug program to the working uninsured in other states.

Several patients will be available for interviews, as well as the following speakers:

  • Central Dallas Ministries President/CEO Larry James
  • Dr. Jim Walton, Baylor Health Care System Vice President, Chief Health Equity Officer
  • CommuniCare CEO Ken Trogdon
  • Representatives from the initial group of pharmaceutical companies providing free prescription medications for this initiative – Abbott, AstraZeneca, Merck, and Novartis

About Central Dallas Ministries
Celebrating its 20th year of service to the community, Central Dallas Ministries is one of the largest, most effective faith-based organizations in North Texas. CDM operates a network of hunger relief, healthcare, housing, legal service, employment training and educational programs serving more than 30,000 people throughout the Greater Dallas area. CDM's health programs alone distributed over 17,000 prescriptions to 2,024 uninsured patients during 2007.

About CommuniCare
CommuniCare is an innovative model of non-governmental healthcare intervention serving more than 14,000 patients in 46 South Carolina counties. This safety net of care provides needed medical information, treatment and medications at no cost to the working uninsured in our state who do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or VA insurance. CommuniCare also operates Smiles, five pediatric dental care programs caring for more than 5,000 children from limited income families who would not otherwise have access to oral healthcare. CommuniCare works through a unique network of 2500 volunteer physicians, 11 pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and hospitals that donate their services and prescription drugs to approved patients.

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