Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef announced the ProAct Prescription Discount Card Program, available in Rockland County for just over one year, has helped save residents more than $750,000. Rockland is one of many counties across 10 states who have committed to helping lower prescription drug costs for their uninsured residents by endorsing The .
“Local pharmacies in the county have filled more than 18,000 prescriptions at an average savings of 44 percent per prescription, helping to save residents more than three quarters of a million dollars in just over one year," said Vanderhoef. "The cost of prescription medications are continuously rising, and the uninsured and underinsured residents are the individuals who feel the effect of these costs the most.”
He said the Discount Card program does not cost the county any money and ensures every resident has access to affordable medications. Residents can save an average of 10 to 20 percent on their brand name medications and 20 to 70 percent on their generic medications.
The discount card was introduced in June 2011 to help residents with little or no prescription coverage obtain their medications at an affordable price. At the start of the program discount cards were mailed directly to every household within the county. Cards are still available, at county agencies such as the Department of Social Services, Health Department, Department of Aging, as well as local pharmacies for residents to obtain if they do not have a card of their own. Or cards can printed out by going to www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.
The Rockland County discount card program covers every medication, including some pet medications. Cards are accepted at most pharmacies within Rockland County. The program has been made available to residents at no cost to the county or to the taxpayers, and has no fees associated with filling a prescription
with the card.
An individual presents the discount card at their local pharmacy when picking up a prescription medication and starts saving immediately. The program has been extended to include vision, hearing, LASIK services, as well as a low cost dental coverage. For more information, contact the ProAct Help Desk toll free at
1-877-776-2285 or go to www.NYRxDiscountCard.com.