FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Angie Eichelberger, Executive Assistant
September 29, 2010 (717) 735-1589 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents Saved Over $500,000 Using Free
Lancaster County Prescription Drug Discount Cards
Lancaster, PA (September 29, 2010) Lancaster County Commissioners Scott Martin, Dennis Stuckey and Craig Lehman announced today that residents of Lancaster County have saved over a half a million dollars on more than 27,000 prescriptions using the Lancaster County Prescription Drug Discount Card-a program they initiated in May of 2009.
“$518,286.67 is truly an astounding savings for our residents – especially in these difficult economic times,” stated Commissioner Martin, Chairman. “We are very pleased with the amount of money residents have saved and the number of people who have benefited from the program.”
The Lancaster County Prescription Drug Discount Card, which is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), provides a discounted rate on prescription medications not covered by an insurance plan.
“In August, 2010, Lancaster County residents saved an average of 24.34% on their medications,” reported Commissioner Stuckey, Vice-Chairman. That equates to an average savings of $13.30 per prescription. “Since the program is free for residents to use, that is money straight back into the hands of our residents.”
All residents are eligible regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, and there are no enrollment forms or fees to use the card. Simply pick up a discount card from one of our many distribution centers throughout Lancaster County or print and ID card at www.caremark.com/naco, and take it to a participating pharmacy to receive the discounted rate on your medications not covered by a health insurance plan.
“During each of the last six months, more than 1,500 residents have utilized the card,” reported Commissioner Craig Lehman. “That is solid performance and shows the popularity of the program; however we know there are many more people who could benefit by using the card. We will continue to build partnerships with organizations throughout Lancaster County with the goal of increasing the number of people who use the program in order to maximize the savings to County residents.”
More than 165 entities throughout Lancaster County have already partnered with the County to distribute the Lancaster County Prescription Drug Discount Cards. A complete list of distribution centers can be found at www.co.lancaster.pa.us. Anyone who is interested in sharing this savings with others should contact the Commissioners’ Office at 299-8300.
“We want to extend our gratitude to all our partnering distribution centers and also all of the participating pharmacies in Lancaster County,” stated Commissioner Martin. “This program would not be a success for our residents without their assistance.”
This program is not insurance and is administered by CVS Caremark.