Charles County to Offer Prescription Drug Discount Card

LA PLATA, Md. (Feb. 11, 2010)—Charles County will soon be introducing a discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price 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 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards, which will be available on or about March 15, 2010, may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. Approximately 30 pharmacies in the county will accept the NACo card, and more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies nationwide will 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 plan. 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 Charles 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 discount card is easy,” said Commissioner President, Wayne Cooper. “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,” added Cooper.

The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark.

Source: Charles County Government

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