New Haven launches prescription discount program for residents

September 17th, 2013

NEW HAVEN >> Uninsured and undocumented residents now can purchase prescriptions at a discounted rate at any of the 22 pharmacies across the city, or at any of the 646 participating pharmacies statewide.

New Haven joined 103 cities and towns in Connecticut Tuesday in offering a discounted prescription card to all city residents. The card is offered through the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities at no cost to the city or to residents. ProAct, a New York-based pharmacy benefit management company, negotiates with pharmaceutical companies and drugstores to achieve the discounts, according to CCM Executive Director Jim Finley.

The card offers residents up to 45 percent in savings on prescription purchases, pet prescriptions and some vision and hearing procedures. The card, effective Tuesday, is being mailed to every city resident and is also available online at www.CTRxDiscountCard.com. There is no enrollment or paperwork necessary to retrieve the card.

“It is their first piece of non-campaign literature in seven months,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. quipped.

New Haven is the largest city in the state to get on board with the discount card; Finley said he hopes to see all 156 CCM cities and towns follow the city’s lead. The card has saved Connecticut residents more than $1.1 million to date, he said. Additionally, it helps drive business for local pharmacies.

“It works in the pharmaceutical company’s favor if people that were unable to afford prescriptions are now able to do so because of the discount. That creates volume and increases sales,” Finley said.

The prescription discount card is a growing trend nationwide, with more than 63,000 pharmacies participating, according to a city release. Chains such as CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens participate, in addition to independent pharmacies. DeStefano predicts the card will be of particular value to New Haven residents.

“With the lower income population and the undocumented population, we tend to have folks that are uninsured; what this does is promote the health and well-being of city residents,” he said.

Residents who already have insurance can use the card to save on purchases or services not covered by their insurance company. However, if a prescription already is discounted through the person’s insurance company, the individual can’t use the prescription card.

Call Rachel Chinapen at 203 789 5714.

 

http://www.nhregister.com/government-and-politics/20130917/new-haven-launches-prescription-discount-program-for-residents

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