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Prescription card
Big Thicket Messenger - September 2008

Liberty County has recently introduced a discount card program to help consumers cope with the high prices of prescription drugs.

The county has signed a contract to make free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers average savings of 20% off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards, which became effective on August 1, may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.

An estimated 90% of the country’s pharmacies will accept the NACo card and a national network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies will also honor it.

“The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of the county and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage may use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plans,” said Liberty County Judge Phil Fitzgerald. “Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.”

There will be no cost to county taxpayers for NACo and Liberty County to make these money-saving cards available to residents.

A future announcement will specify how and when residents may obtain the cards.

“Using the NACo prescription drug discount card is easy,” said Fitzgerald. “A cardholder will simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fees and no restrictions or limit on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”

The discount card program is administered by Caremax Rx, Inc.

The National Association of Counties is the only national organization that represents county government in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties to funding and sharing innovated solutions through education and research and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money.

 

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