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Chatham County offers free discount prescription card for residents

Posted Friday, March 20, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - Beginning this month, Chatham County residents can now take advantage of free discount cards to help cope with the high price of prescription drugs, potentially saving an average of 22% on the retail price of many medications.

At no cost to the county or its taxpayers, the free discount cards are available to local residents through the efforts of Healthy Chatham’s Affordable Health Care Task Force and Chatham County government, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The cards, which are already available in many locations, may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. As of March 16, a total of 12 pharmacies in the county accepted the NACo card, but more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies nationwide honor it.

“The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our county. Even those residents with prescription insurance coverage may use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plans,” said Holly Coleman, Chatham County Health Director. “Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.”

Coleman said, “The bottom line is that any time that you must pay the retail price for a prescription because you either don’t have coverage or your coverage excludes the medication you need, you can use the discount card.”

“Using the NACo prescription discount card will be easy,” said Coleman. “A cardholder will simply present it at a participating pharmacy when filling a prescription. The card requires no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions on frequency of use.”

Cards are available to the public at many local agencies and businesses, including county libraries, health department offices, social services, county water department, county tax office, senior citizen centers, Chatham Hospital, medical offices and pharmacies. Town halls in Siler City and Pittsboro also have cards.

For a complete listing of locations where the cards are available, a listing of participating pharmacies, and answers to frequently asked questions, click here. In addition, residents may call 919-545-8461 for a pre-recorded message in English and Spanish.

The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark.

If you have questions on the Chatham County NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card Program, please contact: Holly Coleman at 919-542-8215, Debra Henzey at 919-542-8258, or Marissa Jelks at 919-545-8517.

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