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News Release    

June 13, 2006      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

County Residents Save $$$ With Prescription Discount Cards

Poughkeepsie… “I am pleased to report Dutchess County residents have saved over $174,000 on prescription drug purchases during the first year of our Prescription Drug Discount Card program,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.

In May 2005, the Dutchess County Prescription Drug Discount Card program was officially launched as an initiative designed to help residents save money on prescription drugs. From the inception of the program in early 2005 to December 2005, a total of 3,530 residents were served and 8,051 prescriptions were filled utilizing the discount card as reported by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The growth in participation in the program has continuously increased with a monthly average of 500 residents using the prescription discount card during the first year of operation. This year, from January to April 2006, the program has already served 2,058 residents and filled 4,467 prescriptions which is more than half of the prescriptions filled during the entire months of operation in 2005.

Steinhaus said, “What pleases me and impresses me most is the average price savings by using the card in 2006 is nearly 25%, and residents saved on average $14.00 per prescription.”

According to Bradford Kendall, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, "The program utilization clearly shows that the Legislature and County Executive Steinhaus were on the right track in joining this NACo plan. Dutchess County residents with limited health care coverage and those without health insurance are able to benefit greatly by saving on their prescription drug expenses."

The County’s prescription drug discount cards are available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. 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.

“With the help of NACo this program has been designed to be simple and convenient.  Residents may use the card at any of the participating pharmacies any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.”

Dutchess County Prescription Discount 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. For a complete list of participating pharmacies log-on to http://www.dutchessny.gov/, or contact the Dutchess County Health Department at 845/486-3400.

The Program is administered by Caremark.



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