The weak economy is causing some people to lose their health insurance along with their jobs. While the Bradley County unemployment rate is still lower than the state average, some Bradley County residents are being impacted and possibly forced to choose between buying food and filling a prescription.
My office launched the Prescription Drug Discount Card Program in July 2009. I believe the program can benefit a certain number of citizens who are struggling to make ends meet. It is jointly sponsored by Bradley County and the National Association of Counties (NACo) at no cost to county taxpayers and provides substantial discounts on prescriptions. Since its launch, it is clear the Bradley County Prescription Drug Discount Program is filling a much needed void in helping some citizens obtain their prescriptions.
NACo’s records show that in August alone Bradley County citizens saved a combined total of $5,808.83 on their prescription drugs by using the discount card. The average savings amounted to $13.90 or 30.61 percent per prescription. A total of 175 people used the county discount drug card in August.
The Bradley County Prescription Drug Discount Card is available to anyone. There is no enrollment form required, nothing to fill out and no personal information is gathered. Simply pick up your discount card at a participating location and begin using it immediately. Each card has a generic ID number so your personal information is not needed.
This innovative program is not insurance. Rather, it is a partnership between Bradley County, NACo and participating pharmacies to help patients save money on their prescription medications when their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Your entire family can use the same card.
Here’s how it works. The cardholder pays the negotiated discount price or the pharmacy’s retail price, whichever is lower. The average discount is 20 percent. However, the latest figures from NACo show the average nationwide savings are about 23 percent.
The program has a safety feature that alerts pharmacists when one drug may conflict with another medication the cardholder is taking, if the prescriptions were obtained with the Bradley County/NACo discount card. The card can also be used when a Medicare Part D plan doesn’t cover a drug.
I want to thank the many pharmacies in Bradley County who have agreed to honor the Bradley County/NACo prescription discount card. If you would like to receive a Prescription Drug Discount Card, call my office at 728-7141 and a card will be mailed to you. If you prefer, you can pick one up at my office or the County Trustees office on the first floor of the Courthouse.
Pick up a card soon and begin saving immediately on your prescription drugs.