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Poloncarz notes continued success of prescription drug discount program


Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 10:55 pm
Participation in ProAct program has saved county residents over $10.9 million since 2012
Expansion of program to bring savings on dental, vision, lab work, more
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz noted the success of the Erie County Prescription Discount Card Program, a program he had recommended the county pursue in 2008 as county comptroller and that ensures local residents with little or no prescription coverage can obtain their medications at an affordable price.
The program, administered by ProAct Inc., has no cost to the participant or local government and allows for various degrees of savings on name brand and generic drugs. To date, Erie County residents have enjoyed more than $10.9 million in savings through the program.
"As I said when advocating for this program as comptroller, more and more Americans are relying on prescription drugs to maintain their health while the price of such drugs is rising rapidly, making needed drugs financially unavailable," Poloncarz said. "Government can and should help to make these drugs available to those who need them. No one should go without needed medication because they can't afford it, and, thanks to this program, they don't have to. "
The Erie County Discount Card Program covers every medication, has no enrollment fees and no limits on use, and is accepted at most pharmacies within Erie County, as well as at over 62,000 pharmacies nationwide. The discount card program saves residents an average of 10-20 percent on their brand-name medications and 20-70 percent on generics, with participants in the program presenting a card at participating pharmacies to receive savings. Consumers can find the best price at the nearest pharmacy, even when they're traveling, and consumers also have a choice of how they will receive their card - by text, print or email.
In an expansion of the program, ProAct has now partnered with ScriptSave WellRx, a technology-enabled prescription savings and management program that delivers prescription discounts to customers and provides new tools that promote medication education and adherence. In addition to including savings on vision, hearing, LASIK services, a low-cost dental coverage program, and some pet medications, the ProAct program now covers lab work, medical imaging and more.
Families with limited, high-deductible, or no prescription coverage can reduce out-of-pocket prescription costs; seniors with Medicare Part D can save on prescriptions that are excluded from coverage; and individuals with prescription coverage can reduce the cost of prescriptions that are not covered by insurance.
For more information regarding the Erie County Discount Card Program, visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.

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