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September 26, 2007
Oswego County Residents Will Receive Prescription Discount Cards
County legislators took action at their September meeting to help out Oswego County residents who lack prescription drug coverage. The Legislature approved an agreement with ProAct, a Gouverneur-based pharmacy benefits management company, for a discount prescription drug card program.
Oswego County residents will be able to use the card and receive discounted prices on their prescriptions at no cost to the county or its residents. All pharmacies in Oswego County are eligible to participate. The savings will range from 10 to 20 percent on brand name prescriptions, and 20 to 50 percent on generics. Families that already have prescription drug coverage may be able to use the discounts on prescriptions that their plans don't cover.
The county solicited proposals and listened to presentations from four companies before recommending ProAct. A subsidiary of Kinney Drugs, ProAct conducts similar programs in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties, and will offer programs in several other Central New York counties.
We will be meeting with the company's representatives over the next several weeks to work out the details. ProAct will mail prescription cards to all residences in the county and plans to distribute them by late November. You will be hearing more about this partnership in the months to come.
Legislators took action on several other items at their September meeting:
- Appointed Fred M. Maxon as the County Purchasing Director.
- Re-appointed David L. Hastings as Director of Real Property Tax Services.
- Sold 19 parcels of tax-delinquent properties in the city of Oswego and the towns of Constantia, Mexico, Parish, Richland, Schroeppel, Scriba, and Volney, recovering $111,555 in delinquent taxes, plus interest and penalties.
- Approved a contract with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to build a household hazardous waste facility.
- Accepted an $82,077 grant for poll worker training and voter education from the state Board of Elections.
- Entered into a professional services contract with the LaBerge Group to prepare the Fulton Brownfield study.
- Transferred $100,000 in the County Sheriff's budget to cover the cost of medical exams and care of inmates.
- Allocated $120,705 in snow storm assistance from the state and federal governments, to cover the cost emergency meals for senior citizens and help pay for snow removal during last February's Lake Effect snow storms.
- Transferred $7,981 from the county contingency account to cover additional costs of providing emergency meals to senior citizens during the February snow storms.
- Accepted a $6,000 grant for the Office for the Aging to train volunteers who assist and educate caregivers of the elderly and disabled.
- Accepted $7,947 in additional state aid to the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.
- Accepted $640,000 for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program administered by the Department of Social Services.
- Accepted a $93,127 grant to provide targeted services to dislocated workers served by the Division of Employment and Training.
- Went on record as being opposed to the county paying for state mandated computer equipment for the Department of Social Services.
- Approved paying the county share of $23,351 for emergency aerial spraying of the Toad Harbor Swamp area near Oneida Lake.
- Reclassified a registered nurse position in the County Health Department.
- Transferred $850,000 from the road construction account to pay for paving projects.
- Approved spending $175,000 from the solid waste equipment account to replace tractor trailer tankers, and transferred an additional $40,000 for equipment repair and maintenance.
- Established a capital project account to pay for required revisions and updating of the County Solid Waste Management Plan and awarded a professional services contract to Gerhardt, LLC for $98,300.
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