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Joyce Endee

County will offer free prescription discount cards to all residents

August 19, 2009
JEFFERSON — Cos County administrator Sue Collins has reached out to help all Cos residents to get prescription drug discount cards at absolutely no cost to them or to the county.

Ms. Collins signed a contract on July 23 to make free discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers, on average, savings of 22 percent off the retail price of many commonly prescribed drugs, she explained at Wednesday's county commissioners' meeting held at Six Gun City.

Available on or about Sept. 14, these discount prescription drug cards can be used by all Cos residents without regard to age, income, or existing health insurance coverage.

Ms. Collins explained that the NACo card would offer significant savings for both the uninsured and underinsured.

"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," Ms. Collins said. "There will be no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on how often a resident can use the card.

"The free cards will be distributed in Cos County, likely starting in mid-September, if all the materials have been received from the program administrator, CVS Caremark," Ms. Collins explained. The card will bear the logo of Cos County.

A number of pharmacies in Cos will accept the NACo card, along with a national network of more than 59,000 participating pharmacies.

Rite Aid pharmacies, the Wal-Mart pharmacy in Gorham, Medicine Shoppe in Berlin, and LaPerle's Pharmacy in Colebrook will all accept the card.

Now the task is to identify agencies and clinics at which residents will be able to pick up their cards, Ms. Collins explained. As information becomes available, this newspaper will cover the story.

Cardholders can also save on pet prescriptions at participating retail pharmacies.

"Savings average 22 percent while some discounts may be more and some less," said Ms. Collins, "depending on the drug and quantity purchased."

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