Written by Larry Limpf
April 03, 2009
Ottawa County will be introducing a discount card program in June to help consumers with the cost of prescription drugs, the county’s board of commissioners has announced.
Under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties, the commissioners signed an agreement to make free prescription drug discount cards available to county residents.
The program offers an average savings of 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs, according to the association.
All county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage are entitled to use the cards.
The commissioners expect the cards to be available around June 15, said Steven Arndt, a commissioner. About nine pharmacies in the county will accept the card and 59,000 or so participating retail pharmacies nationwide will honor it, he said.
“The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our 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 plan,” Mr. Arndt said. “Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.”
Commissioner Jim Sass said the county will have more details on where and when the cards will be available.
There will be no cost to the county and residents for the program, he said.
“Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance,” said commissioner Mark Stahl, adding the program is administered by CVS Caremark.
“There is no enrollment form, no membership fee, and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use,” he said.