Whatcom County has launched a discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescriptions. The county is making free prescription drug discount cards available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) that offers average savings of 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.
Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen said he decided to institute the program here to help local residents with the high cost of prescription medicine. “The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our county, and even those with prescription coverage can use the card to save on drugs not covered by their health plans,” said Kremen.
There will be no cost to county taxpayers for Whatcom County to make these money-saving cards available to residents. Cardholders can 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 their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.
The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage, and are accepted at most county pharmacies.
County residents should visit www.caremark.com/naco
to print an ID card and use it immediately at any participating pharmacy. Cards will also be available at many local locations including the Bellingham Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the Opportunity Council, Bellingham Library Bellingham Senior Center, at the information desk at the Whatcom County Courthouse, the Whatcom County Health Department as well as local pharmacies.
Whatcom County residents can call toll free 877/321-2652 or visit www.caremark.com/naco
for assistance with the program. For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org