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News Release    

April 22, 2005      

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

Dutchess County Launches Prescription Drug Discount Card
Offering an Average Savings of 20 Percent off Retail Price

Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, Bradford H. Kendall launched a discount drug card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs.  The County is making free prescription drug discount cards 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.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “Dutchess County will be participating in this national pilot program to offer relief to uninsured and underinsured residents who often are strangled by the costs of prescription drugs.  Often the high costs of prescription drugs prohibit people from filling required and sometimes critical prescriptions.  This card can mean the difference between filling and not filling a prescription.”

Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, Bradford Kendall, stated, "The high cost of prescriptions continues to be a burden for many county residents, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured.  This discount prescription plan will benefit many in Dutchess County, especially senior citizens, who are juggling other payments on limited incomes."

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 54,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor the NACo prescription discount drug card.

Dutchess County will be one of 31 counties nationwide to participate with NACo in the pilot program.  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.

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.

This pilot program offered by the National Association of Counties is available to county governments nationwide.  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/

The Program is administered by Advance PCS, a division of Caremark Rx, Inc. of Nashville, TN.



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