Are You Saving Money with a County Prescription Card?
In March 2010, St. Mary’s County began offering a prescription discount card program to help consumers cope with the high cost of prescriptions. To date, 2,376 County residents have saved at least $109,306.25, an average saving of $20.69 per prescription, or 29.07 percent off the retail price, and 5,282 prescriptions have been filled through March 2012. These averages have surpassed the original savings estimates of $13 per prescription or 22 percent off the retail price.
The cards are easy to use: simply present the card to the participating pharmacy. There are no enrollment forms, no membership fees or limitations on frequency of use. Residents may use the card any time prescriptions are not covered by insurance.
The free discount cards are offered through a partnership with the National Association of Counties and CVS Caremark.
There is no cost to county taxpayers for St. Mary’s County to provide the cost effective prescription cards. They may be used by all county residents regardless of age or income. Discount cards can be used with any existing health coverage at many participating pharmacies in the county.
Discount cards are available at all St. Mary’s County Libraries, Senior Activity Centers, and the Division of Human Services and via the internet by logging on to www.caremark.com/naco.
Source: St. Mary’s County Public Information Office