Cash in Hand: NACo Prescription Discount Card Surpasses $500 Million Saved for
NACo Prescription Discount Card is Easy, Valuable and Free
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It is not every day someone hands
you $50 while purchasing your prescription medication. Or is it?
FloridaToday.com recently reported how Tammy Harris, a resident and employee
of Brevard County, Fla., overheard the conversation of a woman who couldn't
afford to pay the $72.50 for a prescription not covered by her insurance. "The
woman dumped her purse on the counter, looking for money, before Harris
stepped up and offered her a Brevard County Card, a free prescription discount
card available to the county's uninsured and underinsured residents," the
publication reported in September. "It saved the woman $50 on her total bill."
"She cried," said Harris, community resources and development supervisor for
Brevard Housing and Human Services. "She hugged me and said she knew there was
good karma around her," according to FloridaToday.com.
The scene was made possible thanks to the National Association of Counties'
(NACo) Prescription Discount Card Program. Brevard County is one of more than
1,400 of the nation's 3,068 counties participating in the program which
recently surpassed $500 million in savings for American consumers since the
program's inception nearly eight years ago.
The average savings per transaction is 24 percent, according to NACo. Most
important, however, is the actual dollar savings at the point of sale and how
those savings can add up month after month for many American families.
Depending on the prescription, savings per purchase range from less than $10
to as much as $20, $30, $40, and even more than $50.
"This program puts cash right back into consumers' pockets thanks to their
local county government and the National Association of Counties," said NACo
President Chris Rodgers, Commissioner, Douglas County, Neb. "Saving American
consumers more than $500 million on their prescription costs is an enormous
milestone for our program and NACo is extremely proud."
The savings are staggering in many counties: $25.1 million saved in Montgomery
County, Md.; $16.6 million saved Indianapolis/Marion County, Ind.; $10.3
million saved in Snohomish County, Wash.; $7.5 million saved in Wake County,
N.C.; $6.8 million saved in Maricopa County, Ariz.; $6.4 million saved in Palm
Beach County, Fla.; $6.3 million in Oakland County, Mich.; $2.9 million saved
in Fulton County, Ga., and $2 million in Cook County, Ill.
Rural counties with populations less than 50,000 are saving big as well:
$561,000 saved in Culpeper County, Va.; $349,000 saved in Buffalo County,
Neb., $189,000 saved in Baxter County, Ark.; $183,000 saved in Brookings
County, S.D., and $125,000 saved in Humboldt County, Iowa.
Savings are not exclusive to the continental 48 states: More than $638,000 in
cold, hard cash has been saved in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, while
residents in Honolulu City/County, Hawaii are saying "aloha" to more than $3.9
million in savings.
The free discount card has many benefits: It is easy to get one. There are no
forms to fill out. The card can be used by those who do not have insurance or
by those who have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The card may be used
by any resident, regardless of age, income or existing health condition.
Everyone is eligible and one card is good for the entire family.
Further, all commonly prescribed prescription medications, including many pet
medications, are eligible for a discount. The card is accepted within a
national network of 65,000 pharmacies including all the major chains such as
Wal-Mart, CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreens, Giant, Safeway, and Rite Aid. The
participating pharmacies also include the majority of community-based,
Residents can find out if their county participates in the program by visiting
www.nacorx.org. A discount card can be printed directly from the same website.
Information is posted on the website to learn where residents can locate the
nearest participating pharmacy. Assistance with discount card program is also
available by calling toll-free 1-877-321-2652.
"Just as Ms. Harris was in the right place at the right time to assist her
fellow county resident, participating NACo-member counties are positioned to
offer the free discount cards and significant savings to families during these
challenging economic times," Rodgers said. "It's truly as if someone hands you
cash each time you're standing at the pharmacy checkout register."
The NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card Program was created in late 2004 as a
17-county pilot program in partnership with CVS Caremark to provide a valuable
membership benefit to counties. The NACo Board of Directors made the program
available to members nationwide in May 2005.
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 3,068 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.
CONTACT: Jim Philipps
National Association of Counties
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