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Attorney General Jay Nixon Announces Technology Grant to Reduce the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Attorney General Jay Nixon was in Springfield today to announce a new grant that will help some Missourians in their struggle to afford prescription medicines. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

Nixon says today's seniors and low-income Missourians are having too much difficulty paying for their prescription drugs.

At a press conference at the Southside Senior Center, Nixon unveiled a plan to help those individuals.

"Today, we're announcing a program that will help fund the technology to match those in need of prescription drugs with programs from the drug makers to help them get those medications at little or no cost," Nixon said.

Local health organizations will receive over $600,000 in technology grants to help them obtain the software and training needed to distribute cheap prescription drugs.

The software will link low-income patients with matching free or low cost drug programs from drug manufacturers.

Nixon says patients will give their medical information to local health staffers and they will send the patients' prescriptions to the low cost drug manufacturers.

Nixon says in the next few weeks he will work with local health organizations to find the most efficient way to use this software to help low-income Missourians obtain the prescription drugs they need.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.