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News Release    

November 30, 2005      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive (845) 486-2000
Bradford H. Kendall, Chairman Dutchess County Legislature (845) 486-2100

Steinhaus Proposes Extending Discount Prescription Drug Program
Average Savings of 23 Percent Realized

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has taken action to initiate an extension of the County’s participation in the National Association of Counties (NACo) program offering savings on the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. 

The Chairman of the County Legislature, Bradford H. Kendall, joined the County Executive in launching the pilot program earlier this year to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs.  Under the proposal, the initial contract term will be extended through July 31, 2008.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Through our participation in this national program, Dutchess County residents have realized more than $78,000 in cumulative savings, or an impressive average savings of 23% per prescription, on the retail price of their prescriptions.  The program offers relief to uninsured and underinsured residents who often are strangled by the high costs of prescription drugs.”  Year-to-date more than 5700 prescriptions have been covered through the plan for more than 2500 county participants.

According to Chairman Kendall, R-Dover/Union Vale, “This prescription drug plan offered by the county has proven to be a success for many throughout Dutchess County.  Continuing to offer this program will truly benefit many residents who may not have access to a prescription plan.  The ease of using this plan also adds to its success.”

The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age or income, and are accepted at pharmacies participating countywide.  A national network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor the NACo prescription discount drug card.

Cards may be obtained at the County’s Health Department, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Hygiene, the Division of Aging Services, area non-profits, such as Dutchess County Community Action Agency, with locations in Beacon, Dover and Poughkeepsie, and at many local pharmacies.  The Program is administered by Advance PCS, a division of Caremark Rx, Inc. of Nashville, TN.  For a complete list of participating pharmacies log-on to https://www.dutchessny.gov/, or contact the Dutchess County Health Department at 845/486-3400.

Using the card is easy; simply present it at a participating pharmacy.  There is no enrollment form or fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.  Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

County Executive Steinhaus is a member of the NACo Board of Directors, representing New York State.  For more information log-on to http://www.naco.org/.

It is anticipated the County Legislature will consider the proposal at its December monthly meeting.



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