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News Release    

August 5, 2005      

Dutchess Residents Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Poughkeepsie…“I am pleased to report Dutchess County residents have saved over $20,000 on prescription drug purchases in the first two months of our Prescription Drug Discount Card program,” said Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus.

The program, which was officially kicked off the first week in May 2005, has served a total of six hundred fifty three (653) residents as of the end of June 2005. The percentage of growth in program participation more than doubled during this period. Also during the first two months of the prescription drug discount program, over fourteen hundred (1,400) prescriptions were filled utilizing the discount card as reported by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The average price saving by using the card was 22%, and residents saved on average fifteen dollars ($15.00) per prescription. 

According to Bradford Kendall, Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, "The results of this plan are exactly what we had hoped for when the Legislature and the administration supported the NACo plan.  With the rising costs of health care, this prescription drug plan has proven to have been very beneficial to residents throughout Dutchess County."

“Using the NACo prescription discount card is easy,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.” Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

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. The County’s participation in the original pilot program resulted from County Executive Steinhaus’ affiliation with the national organization where he is a member of the National Board representing all NY counties.  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.

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 contact the Dutchess County Health Department at 845/486-3400 or click on the following link:

The Program is administered by Caremark.


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