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.
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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.