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County Residents Save More Than $48,000 From Prescription Drug Discount Program

Supervisors Extend Program, Encourage Residents to Register

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—Today, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors extended a prescription drug program that has reduced the cost of medicines to those who have already enrolled. Since the County launched the National Association of Counties (NACo) Prescription Drug Discount Program last November, residents have purchased over 3,000 prescriptions, and saved more than $48,000.

“The savings are immediate for consumers who are taking advantage of this service,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, Chairperson of the Board’s Health and Hospital Committee and a champion of the prescription discount program. “Particularly for those with chronic health issues and no prescription coverage, any dollar saved will directly benefit their physical and financial health.”

With the use of one card, the NACo drug discount card program helps consumers save money on their prescription medications when they do not have health insurance or their own insurance does not cover their prescriptions.

“More than ever, programs like this one make sense. With just a small investment from the County, residents get access to big savings,” said Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager. “This is a proven program that helps residents fill gaps in their healthcare coverage.”

As a sponsor, the County of Santa Clara established a phone line where residents without Internet access can request a discount card by mail. Since last November, the County has distributed more than 16,000 discount cards in the community. In lighting of the savings achieved by participants during the first six months of the program, it is clear additional enrollment could yield considerable savings for more county residents.

“In tough times like these,” said Supervisor Don Gage, District 1, “families need all the help they can get to make ends meet. This is especially true with the high cost of medications.”

“This partnership with the National Association of Counties proves how we can offer valuable resources without incurring additional costs to taxpayers,” added County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith. “This program is making a difference in the lives of many residents without health insurance or prescription coverage. We invite everyone to participate.”

The Santa Clara County/NACo Prescription Discount Program is not a health insurance. The discounts only apply for prescriptions not covered by health insurance. Those who have insurance may use the card for medicines their insurance does not cover. They also can be used for pet medications.

Everyone living in Santa Clara County is eligible to enroll and benefit from this program for free. There are no claim forms to fill or annual fees to pay. No age requirements or use limitations are imposed to individuals or families. Residents could save an average of 22% off the pharmacy’s regular price on commonly prescribed prescriptions and an average savings of 50% on 90-day supplies of select generics through mail service.

More than 59,000 pharmacies are participating nationwide in the NACo Drug Prescription program, and over 200 are located in Santa Clara County. County residents can print out their discount cards for use by following the links at www.sccgov.org/prescriptions or call toll free 1-877-321-2652 for assistance. Cards are also available at County Libraries, Social Service Agency headquarters, and the County Government Center.

Background Information
The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark, in partnership with 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. For additional information about the discount card program, visit www.caremark.com/naco.


Media Contacts: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: September 28, 2010