Larimer County To Offer Prescription Drug Discount Card
Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Mar 25, 2008
Contact: Deni La Rue, Community Information manager, (970) 498-7150
Kathy Snell, Health & Human Services, (970) 498-6870
Wynette Reed, Human Resources Director, 498-5973
The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today approved a discount card program that will help citizens cope with the high price of prescription drugs by offering average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs when the prescriptions are not covered by insurance.The county signed the contract today to make these free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo).
The cards, which the County hopes to make available by June, may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. The discount card program is administered by Caremark Rx, Inc. which is in contact with pharmacies throughout the County to confirm their participation. A national network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies will honor the card.
“The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our county, and even those fortunate enough to have prescription coverage may use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan,” said Larimer County Commissioner Kathay Rennels.
NACo and Larimer County are making these money-saving cards available to citizens for free. A future announcement will specify how and when residents may obtain the cards. Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible.
“Using the NACo prescription discount card will be easy,” said Larimer County Commissioner Randy Eubanks, who added that, “A cardholder will simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits 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 may also be used on medication for pets when the medications are prescribed and are human-based medications.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments 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 in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.