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Prescription drug discount card available at local pharmacies

By Staff | Jan 6, 2011

WAILUKU — The County of Maui has joined the National Association of Counties’ prescription discount card program for residents who are uninsured or underinsured.

The program, administered in partnership with CVS Caremark, provides savings by passing along the Caremark negotiated discount rates to individuals with little or no prescription benefit coverage.

The prescription discount card program can save residents an average of 24 percent off the full retail cost of prescription medications that are not covered under a traditional insurance plan, as well as some diabetes supplies. There is no cost to National Association of Counties (NACo) member counties or to their residents to participate in the program.

The program is free to residents, and there are no forms to fill out, no age or income requirements and no medical condition restrictions. The NACo Prescription Discount Card Program is NOT insurance.

To print a discount card, visit www2.caremark.com/naco. Cards may also be obtained at participating local pharmacies and clinics, including the Community Clinic of Maui.

Cards in English and Spanish are also available at the Office of the Mayor; call 270-7855 for information.

To view a list of participating pharmacies, visit www.naco.org/drugcard.

“This program will help those who are struggling to afford prescription medication,” said former Mayor Charmaine Tavares.

“I’m very pleased that the County of Maui has joined over 500 other counties in the nation in this important program. This will make a difference to so many uninsured and underinsured residents in our community, who will now be able to better afford the medication they need.”

Counties benefit from the program by being able to offer their county residents a no-cost alternative to paying full price for prescriptions. Counties may also feature their county logo or seal on the front of the

card.

“NACo’s prescription discount card provides considerable savings to individuals with little or no prescription coverage,” said 2010 County Council Chair Danny Mateo.

“With prescription drug cost at a premium, NACo’s prescription card program will help with the affordability of much-needed prescription drugs. This is a welcome alternative to having to choose which medications we can afford.”

It is estimated that residents of participating counties across the nation have saved more than $14.3 million on more than 1.26 million prescriptions, according to NACo figures released in early October.

The overall average savings rate is 21.5 percent, and average savings figures have continued to rise every month since the beginning of the program.

For more information on NACo’s Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, visit www.naco.org/drugcard.