November 10, 2014
OSWEGO - In February 2008, Oswego County and ProAct implemented a free prescription drug discount card program forall county residents. Over the course of six years, Oswego County residents have combined to save over $7.5 millionon nearly 214,000 prescriptions.
Oswego County is one of over 50 counties in New York who haveendorsed the ProAct administered program to provide lower costing prescriptions for their residents. There are no enrollment forms or application fees to utilize the program. Every resident within the county is eligible to participate regardless of age, income or existing health care coverage, and every prescription qualifies to receive some level of discount.
"We want to be sure that county residents no longer have to pay the full cash price for their prescription medications,"said County Legislator John Proud, District 7, Mexico, chairman of the Legislature's Health Committee."The ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program plays akeyrole in helping residents gain access to affordable prescriptions. The program is completely free to taxpayers, the county and to participating residents."
The Oswego County Prescription Discount Card is completely anonymous and has already been activated for residents' convenience. In order to receive the savings associated with the program, one must present their prescription and discount card at a participating pharmacy. With over 60,000 pharmacies participating across the county, visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.com to find the nearest participating store or call the ProAct helpdesk at 1-877-776-2285.
Residents who utilize the program can expect to see savings ranging from 10 to 20 percent off name brand medications and 20 to 70 percent off generic medications.The discount card cannot be used to reduce co-pays or deductibles, and the card cannot be used in conjunction with any form of insurance. "There are no restrictions on card usage and we encourage every resident in the county to carry a card to avoid paying the full cash price for any of their medications," said Legislator Proud.If a resident needs an additional card, or has lost their card, a supply of cards is available at the Department of Social Services, the Health Department, the County Office
Building in Oswego, or at any participating pharmacy in the county. Residents who have access to the internet may also obtain their Oswego County discount card by visiting www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.
In addition to Legislator Proud, other members of the Legislature's Health Committee are Legislators James Karasek, vice chairman, District 22, Granby; Frank Castiglia, District 25, Fulton; Margaret Kastler, District 1, Sandy Creek; Michael Kunzwiler, District 18, Oswego; Linda Lockwood, District 11, Volney; Douglas Malone, District 20, Town of Oswego; and Morris Sorbello, District 23, Granby.
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