By Ed Harris
Partnering with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and ProAct, Inc., the town is offering a prescription discount card to residents. The free cards are automatically being sent out to residents. The cards are not insurance related and may be used with your existing insurance. Savings are only available at participating pharmacies.
“It is a discount card predominately for those people who don’t have prescription insurance or insurance at all,” said Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback. “It’s just one other tool we’re trying to help residents with.”
Brumback said the Town Council talked about the program a few weeks ago.
According to CCM, the program has helped state residents save over $3,660,000 on over 60,000 filed prescription claims.
“This is at no cost to the town, no cost to the taxpayer,” said Gina Calabro, director of member services and marketing at CCM.
Calabro said the program, which began in September 2012, was modeled after a similar program in New York. The program has now moved onto four other states.
Most of the bigger chain pharmacies, including Stop and Shop, Rite-Aid, CVS, Wal-Mart and Walgreens accept the card. Local pharmacies also have the option of participating. The card is also useable across the country.
There is no limit on the use of the card and CCM claims an average savings of 45 percent. Some pet medications, as long as they are human based, may also be covered by the program.
ProAct, Inc. is mailing the small, white cards directly to residents. The cards can also be found through the CTRxdiscountcard.com website. The cards are automatically activated.
By Ed Harris