A prescription drug discount benefit may create savings for Crow Wing County residents.
The Crow Wing County Board voted Tuesday to take part in a National Association of Counties prescription drug discount program. The program comes at no cost to the county, taxpayers or people who use the program.
Susan Beck, human services director, said the discount is available to any county resident by using a free card with a county logo, which the county will distribute. One card serves an entire family. Residents covered by prescription drug insurance cannot use the card on a purchase unless the prescription is not covered by their insurance. NACo reports virtually all commonly prescribed medicine is covered. The savings average by using the discount is about 22 percent per prescription, Beck reported.
There are no eligibility requirements for age or income or medical condition restrictions. Residents don't have to fill out enrollment forms or pay a fee.
Pending legal review of the contract, the cards could be in place by spring.
The NACo program has been available since 2005 and as of November 2007 there were 900 counties participating nationwide. Twenty-one Minnesota counties are participating, including Cass and Todd counties. The county is able to get the discount through a contract between NACo and Caremark Inc. The network includes about 57,000 pharmacies.
If a particular pharmacy sells a prescription for a lower price than the discount rate through the card, the consumer would get the lower rate.
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