Washington County offers discount card for prescription drugs

Washington County has enrolled in a program to give residents access to discount drug purchases.

To use this program, first pick up a card at a county library, WorkForce Center, WIC clinic, or senior center.

Cards can also be printed from the web page www.nacorx.org.print-a-card.

Only one card per household is needed.

Then, whenever you are buying prescription drugs that are not covered by an insurance plan, present the card to the pharmacist.

You will pay whichever is lower:  the discounted price or the pharmacy’s regular retail price.

Washington County estimates that using the card may save an average of 24 percent on prescription medications.

How It Works

Discounts are negotiated between CVS Caremark and participating pharmacies.

All major chain pharmacies participate, including CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, and major grocery chains.

There is no cost to residents.

There are no forms to fill out, no age or income requirements, and no medical condition restrictions.

The card may be used when a person is uninsured or when a prescription is not covered, for example, for Medicare Plan D participants.

It can even be used for a pet prescription if it includes a drug used to treat humans.

The card does not work for over-the-counter or non-prescription products.

It does offer discounts for many diabetic supplies.

The program is offered through the National Association of Counties and administered by CVS Caremark.

It was started seven years ago and now has more than 1,400 counties participating, including 40 in Minnesota.

Washington County may receive a $1 per transaction.

For more information contact Yvonne Klinnert at 651-430-6026 or yvonne.klinnert@co.washington.mn.us.

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