Assistance to pay a one-time pharmacy bill and another request for assistance to pay an electric bill were the reasons for requests received at Lex-Care this week.
Martha Keys, a social worker at St. Joseph Cancer Center, is advising a married couple. They need $202.64 to clear a bill from a mail-order pharmacy.
Both the wife and husband are retired. The wife has a history of throat cancer; she has had a tracheotomy and uses a voice prosthesis. She applied to enroll in the Patient Assistance Program.
While waiting for approval, she purchased her prescriptions from a mail-order pharmacy. She has been accepted into the program, but the couple's limited Social Security benefits were not sufficient to cover that cost, which must be paid.
Once that bill is paid, the couple will be able to manage.
Meredith Edens, a social worker at the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics, has a client who is the head of a household made up to two adults and three minor. She needs $286.67 to pay the electric bill.
The family fell behind on the utility bill during the winter and has not been able to catch up. The woman has found full-time employment with a home care agency
Once the utility bill is paid, the household will manage using her earnings, child support, the disability benefits two members receive, plus food stamps.
You can help: Send tax-deductible contributions to Lex-Care Inc., Emergency Fund, P.O. Box 1328, Lexington, Ky., 40508. Contact Lex-Care at (859) 227-2765 or Lexcare.org.