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Grand County residents can get free drug-discount cards

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

As the economic strain continues with increased gas and grocery prices, Grand County residents can find a bit of relief in one area of goods: prescription drugs.

To help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs, Grand County Public Health launched a drug-discount card program that offers savings of about 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, health officials say, and are accepted at City Market, Safeway and Kremmling Mercantile. A national network of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor the card.

“Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy,” said Grand County Public Health Director Brene Belew-LaDue. “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 prescription are not covered by insurance.”

The National Association of Counties, a national organization that represents county governments, sponsors the program, and Caremark Rx Inc. administers it.

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Caremark negotiates with pharmacies to offer a discount off retail prices at the point of purchase, and pharmacies participate to draw customers to their stores.

“Grand County is proud to be one of the counties nationwide participating,” Belew-LaDue said. “The NACo prescription discount card offers significant savings for the 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 in their health plan.”

Belew-LaDue added that residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for the program. The card may also be used for discounts on pet prescriptions.

There is no cost to county taxpayers to make the cards available to residents.

“I just think it’s important to take care of people uninsured, and I appreciate the Grand County Public Health doing the research and meeting the needs of the people in Grand County,” said Commissioner Gary Bumgarner.

Among places the cards are available are Grand County Public Health, Grand County Home Health, Grand County Rural Health Network, Grand County Department of Social Services, Mountain Family Center, and Grand County Libraries.

” To reach Tonya Bina, e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com or 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

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