Salem County officials announce new discount prescription drug program
October 1st, 2012
County officials will formally announce a new discount prescription drug program open to all citizens in Salem County, regardless of age or income, during a formal briefing this week.
An announcement and briefing on the county’s new ProAct Pharmacy Benefit Program will be held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Old Courthouse at the corner of Broadway and Market Street.
“Public safety, health and easing the financial strains on county residents have been the highest priorities for the freeholder board over the past year,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “This new resource for the people in Salem County addresses two of those priorities.”
According ProAct’s website, ProAct is a pharmacy benefit management company which offers a county-wide discount program, among other programs. Their county program provides free assistance for individuals not covered by insurance on prescription medications, or for those who take medications not covered under their insurance.
In addition to providing savings and access to affordable prescription medications, some key benefits of their program include: No cost to the county or any participant in the program; no enrollment required; all prescriptions, brand or generic, are covered; includes medications for pets; cards can be used at pharmacies within the county, in surrounding counties and throughout the country if residents are away from home.
Acton said the freeholder board has had the opportunity to review the success of the program in Essex County, and now wishes to bring it into Salem County.
County officials said they hope the program has a positive economic impact for many families in the county by reducing the cost of prescription medications, and that it improves health by allowing residents greater access to medications.
“I am excited that we can participate in an initiative that will directly and immediately benefit so many and that we can do this without creating any cost burden to the county,” said Deputy Freeholder Director Ben Laury. “This collaboration with the ProAct Pharmacy Benefit Program will be especially vital to people who have no prescription insurance or are underinsured. In addition, for senior citizens, the program can help defray costs related to the Medicare prescription ‘doughnut hole’ — the coverage gap in which Medicare recipients are required to pay 100-percent of their prescription drug costs.”
According the ProAct’s website, more than 56,000 pharmacies nationwide participate in their county program. Participating pharmacies in Salem County include Rite-Aid, Sav-On, Walgreens, Walmart, Happy Harrys, and others.
County officials said discount cards will be mailed to all county households the week of Oct. 8. Additional cards will also be available at the county administration office, through the county website, and participating pharmacies.
The cards may be used by all members of a household, officials said.
“This is a win-win situation for all of Salem County because it will lesson financial stress, increase access to vital life-saving medications and improve the quality of life for so many people who have struggled with health care costs,” said Acton. “I am thrilled our freeholder board has the chance to make this kind of measurable difference to the individuals and families in our communities.”
For more information, including a list of participating pharmacies, contact ProAct toll-free at 877-776-2285 or visit www.NJRxDiscountCard.com
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Anyone regardless of age or income can participate. No eligibility requirements.