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Franklin Co. residents save $98,377.18 with Rx card

January 25, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In the first eight months since Franklin County introduced a discount prescription drug card, county residents saved $98,377.18 on 8,107 prescriptions, an average of $12.33 for each purchase, according to the County Commissioners Office.

The cards were first introduced in May 2007 and during the remainder of the year saved residents an average of almost 23 percent on prescription purchases, according to county figures.

The discount drug cards are available through a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), which offers an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. There is no cost to county taxpayers for the program, according to the county press release.

"County residents who have prescription coverage also can save money by using the card for drugs that their health plan doesn't cover," said John Aguirre, Franklin County Human Resources Director. "But this program is really beneficial for people who are underinsured or uninsured, and they do not have to be in the Medicare program to participate."

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"Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy," Aguirre said. "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 cards can be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, and are accepted at all county pharmacies. More than 57,000 participating pharmacies nationwide honor the Franklin County Prescription Drug Discount Drug Card.

Cards are available through the Franklin County Human Resources Department, other county offices, the Area Agency on Aging Office, senior centers, most area pharmacies and at many area businesses and churches.

For more information on Franklin County's discount prescription drug card program, call toll free 1-877-321-2652 or visit https://naco.advancerx.com.

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