Fort Bend County residents will soon receive prescription discount cards in the mail during the next few weeks, courtesy of the National Association of Counties (NACo).
The cards will help county residents deal with the high cost of prescription medications, and produce an average savings of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medications. The discount cards will provide the most help to residents who do not have prescription insurance coverage. In addition, the cards can assist residents who have insurance, but take medications that are not covered. The card can also be used for some pet medications.
Fort Bend County, which is a member of NACo, has participated in the prescription program since 2009. To date, the program has saved residents more than $1.4 million on prescription medication, with an average savings of 22 percent off of retail drug prices.
“Recognizing the difficulties many of our residents face when trying to pay for their health care needs, we are happy that it will now be easier than ever for residents to obtain the Prescription Discount Card,” County Commissioner Grady Prestage said. “This card offers both insured and uninsured county residents significant savings on their prescription medications.”
The discount cards may be used by all residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. Everyone is eligible. The card is honored at independent pharmacies, as well as all the major chains throughout the county. The program is free to residents, and there are no forms to fill out. The discount cards and the mailing are provided at no cost to the county.
Fort Bend County is among the more than 1,400 counties across the country currently offering the NACo Prescription Discount Card program to residents. Since the program’s inception in December 2004, participating counties have saved their residents more than $470 million on the cost of their prescriptions. The program is administered by CVS Caremark, and as noted previously, the card is honored at independent pharmacies as well as the major chains throughout the county.
Cards can also be printed from the Internet at www.caremark.com/naco. Residents can locate the nearest participating pharmacy from the same website or call toll-free at 1.877.321.2652 for assistance with the program.