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Berkeley Co. to offer Rx program

February 27, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Commission voted Thursday to sign an agreement that will allow county residents the opportunity to save money on prescription drugs not covered by insurance or Medicare.

The county joined 37 other counties in West Virginia that have signed on to a prescription discount card program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), according to the organization's Web site.

Last week, the Jefferson County Commission announced the launch of the program there, notifying county residents that cards were available at the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, Jefferson County Community Ministries, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers and the Jefferson County Health Department.

It was not clear when the cards would be available for Berkeley County residents.

"Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy," Jefferson County Commission President Dale Manuel said in a news release last week. "Simply present it at a participating pharmacy."

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Berkeley County legal counsel Norwood Bentley III said Thursday he thought the average savings of about 20 percent promoted by the prescription discount card program would be especially helpful to people who do not have insurance or to under-insured residents.

There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

Like Jefferson County, Berkeley County will make the free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by NACo that offers average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards will be available to all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, and are accepted at many of chain pharmacies, including Walmart. A national network of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor the NACo prescription discount card.

More information about the program is available on the Internet at http://www.caremark.com/naco.

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