(07/18/2009)
Some of West Virginia's working poor will soon be able to receive free prescriptions.

In fact, about 10,000 state residents will be eligible.

Gov. Joe Manchin says about 5,000 people in the Community Access Program of the Partners in Health Network will become eligible for West Virginia Rx on September 1.

Another 5,000 in Charleston Area Medical Center's charity care health program will also qualify.

West Virginia Rx is a public-private partnership by which uninsured residents can receive free prescription medication by mail.

The year-old program relies on prescription-drug donations from pharmaceutical companies.


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