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Public Health and Wellness Has Prescription Drug Discount Card That Can Be Used by All Residents

Thursday August 2, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 2, 2007) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness now has a discount card to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs. The free prescription drug discount cards are available through a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo). The card offers an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards may be used by all Louisville residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage.  The cards are accepted at nine out of 10 pharmacies nationwide.  Residents do not have to be Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.

“The prescription discount card offers significant savings for this community’s uninsured and underinsured residents,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Even residents who are fortunate enough to have prescription insurance coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan. Best of all, there is no cost to local taxpayers for us to make these money-saving cards available to our residents.”

Cards will be available at all Public Health and Wellness Clinics,  the main office at 400 E. Gray St., all Neighborhood Places and the Park DuValle Community Health Center.  Local residents can call toll free 1-877-321-2652 or visit https://naco.advancerx.com for assistance with the program.

“Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. “Simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”

The discount card program is administered by Caremark Rx, Inc.  Information on participating pharmacies, price estimates on prescriptions, drug interactions or other information can be found at caremark.com/naco.

            The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.

The mission of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness is to protect, preserve and promote the health, environment and well-being of the people of Louisville. To learn more about Public Health & Wellness’ programs and services go to www.louisvilleky.gov/health.