Montel Williams Promotes Prescription Assistance

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Well-known talk show host Montel Williams visits Hawaii.

But he's not here to chat about his show.

Williams serves as the spokesperson for AlohaMeds, a Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

It matches people who are underinsured with programs that offer prescription drugs at a low cost or for free.

"It's providing life blood to some of us. This isn't a joke, this isn't about I need a pill just to feel...I need this to live," said Williams.

He joined other state officials outside the Honolulu Zoo, which is where a health fair was held to promote the program.

"These programs are for people who make too much money to qualify for government assistance but they don't make enough money to be able to buy health insurance," said Ken Johnson, senior vice president of communications.

Williams has multiple sclerosis and takes about $2,500 worth of medication every month. For the past year and a half, he's been traveling across the country, promoting this program. He hopes it helps people stay on top of their health and live a long life.

"As long as we can do that, I can say, I have MS, I never have to say, MS has me," he said.

If you'd like to find out if you qualify, you can call 1-888-4PPA-NOW.

The call center accepts calls in English, Spanish and about 150 languages.