By Roz Kohls
Meeker County residents should watch for a free prescription drug discount card available at the medical clinics in Dassel, Lakeside Health Care Center, and the county courthouse in Litchfield.
The cards can be used by all residents, regardless of income, age or existing health coverage, and are accepted at all of the county’s pharmacies, according to Meeker County Commissioner Amy Wilde of Dassel.
The cards provide an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of prescription drugs. If residents have no health insurance or their health insurance doesn’t cover a prescription medicine they need, residents can use the card to get a discount on their medicine.
The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo.) A national network, Caremark RX, of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies will honor the NACo prescription discount card, Wilde said.
“The NACo prescription discount card offers significant savings for uninsured and underinsured residents of our county, and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plans,” Wilde added.
“Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program. Best of all, there is no cost to county taxpayers for NACo and Meeker County to make these money saving cards available to our residents,” she said.
“Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy,” said Wilde. “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,” she said.
Other places to get the cards are Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, and county social services and public health departments at the Family Services Building in Litchfield.
NACo is the only national organization that represents 3,066 county governments in the US.