Residents eligible for prescription drug card

In 10 weeks Haakon County residents will be able to save a little money on their prescription medications that are not covered by insurance. The savings will come through a plan the Haakon County Board of Commissioners recently obtained.

Through their association with the National Association of Counties the Haakon County Commissioners have signed up for a prescription drug discount card program. The program helps county residents save money on their prescription medications when those prescriptons are not covered by their insurance. Or if a resident does not have any insurance.

In mid-July Haakon County residents will be able to go to the Haakon County Auditor's office to sign up for the plan. They will have to verify that they are residents of Haakon County. At that time the program enrollee will be given a fact sheet concerning the program.

Prescriptions can be filled at Zeeb Pharmacy in Philip as they are part of the Caremark network.

The cards are free. They can be used by any county resident, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. Residents do not have to fill out an enrollment form and there are no membership fees nor any restrictions or limits on the number of times the cards are used.

If your insurance company already gives you a discount you cannot use the card to obtain a further discount. But if your insurance does not give you a discount on a particular medicine, then the card can be used. The same rules apply to Medicare.

According to a fact sheet supplied by the auditor's office the plan has an average savings of 20 percent. "Some discounts may be more, and some less, depending on the drug and quantity purchased. Cardholders are eligible for higher discounts on a three-month supply of some medications through mail service," stated the fact sheet.

Caremark Rx, Inc. administers the program. It is a pharmaceutical services company that manages drug discount card programs.