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Fannin County Offers Discount Prescription Cards

Fannin County is offering free prescription drug discount cards to all residents, giving those qualified, an average savings of up to 20 percent off retail prices for commonly prescribed drugs. There is no cost to county taxpayers.

Purchasing Agent Michael Uhl presented the thought to Fannin County Commissioners Court. A contract was signed to make the discount cards obtainable under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo).

All county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, may use the cards. An estimated 100 percent of the county's pharmacies will accept the NACo card and a national network of further than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies also will honor it.

Uhl said, "The NACo prescription discount card offers significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our county. Even those fortunate enough to have prescription coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that aren't covered on their health plans."

Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be qualified for the program. Using the card is simple, Uhl said. A resident simply presents it at the pharmacy with no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their families can make use of the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

Cards are available at the Fannin County Courthouse and the Bonham Public Library. Uhl said, "You don't have to do anything except come get the card. In addition, this part really got me. If your veterinarian gives you a prescription for your dog, you can take it to a pharmacy and get the discount.

"Dallas County just distributed 500,000 cards. It was a win-win as far as I am concerned. Everybody wins on this."

Uhl said those interested could look at the / naco database, which shows how many people are benefiting from the program. News articles about it are being published in leading health journals, he said.

The National Association of Counties, founded in 1935, is said to be the only national organization that stands for county governments in the United States. It serves 3,066 counties nationwide.



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