Parish discount drug program starts

Staff reports

Ascension Parish Monday launched its discount card program to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs.

Free prescription drug discount cards are now available under a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), which offers average savings of 22 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards may be used by all Ascension Parish residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage and are accepted at most parish pharmacies. A national network of 59,000 participating retail pharmacies honor the NACo discount card.

“Ascension Parish is proud to be one of the parishes and counties participating with NACo in this program,” Parish President Tommy Martinez said. “The card offers significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our parish, and even those who have prescription coverage can save money on drugs not covered by their health plan.”

Ascension Parish is one of 17 parishes in Louisiana to take part in this no cost for participation plan, and the first in the metropolitan Baton Rouge area.

Cards will be available at participating pharmacies throughout Ascension Parish. Residents may pick up a card, present it at a participating pharmacy and receive a savings. There is no enrollment fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. One card is allowed per household.

Residents can call toll free at 877-321-2652 or visit www.caremark.com/naco for assistance.

The program is administered by CVS Caremark.