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Chemung County Saves Residents More than $900,000 with ProAct Rx Discount Card

“Chemung County Saves Residents More than $900,000 with ProAct Rx Discount Card”

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ELMIRA – Chemung County has provided residents with a prescription drug discount card program since November 2009. The Chemung County Legislature endorsed the ProAct administered program in an effort to provide financial relief at the pharmacy counter for residents who are uninsured and underinsured. Since the program was implemented, residents who have utilized the discount card have collectively saved more than $900,000 while filling more than 24,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 54% on each medication filled.

“Residents who are uninsured or underinsured are forced to pay the full cash price for their prescription medications, which can be extremely costly,” said Tom Santulli, Chemung County Executive. “These are the residents we are targeting with the discount card. We want to provide them with an opportunity to purchase their necessary medications at an affordable price.”

By endorsing the prescription discount card program, Chemung County is 1 of 51 counties across New York State who has ensured that uninsured and underinsured residents have access to affordable prescriptions. The Chemung County discount card program will provide some level of financial savings on every medication filled with the card, typically ranging from 10-20% off name brand medications and 20-70% off generic medications. The discount card can be used at most pharmacies within the county and residents can log onto www.NYRxDiscountCard.com to print a card, find their nearest participating pharmacy, or to look up the cost of their prescription medications.

There are no fees associated with the discount card program, for the resident or the county, and one card can cover an entire family. There are no enrollment forms or prerequisites to use the discount card; and everyone in the county is eligible to use the program. Simply present the discount card at your local pharmacy when filling a new prescription and start saving.

Discount cards have been provided to county offices, such as the Department of Social Services, the Health Department and the County Clerk’s office for residents to obtain another card if they have lost their current card. Local pharmacies have also been supplied with discount cards to be handed out to residents who do not have a card of their own. If you have access to the internet you may also print out your own Chemung County discount card by visiting www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.