City Launches Prescription Drug Discount Program

Release Date: 
02/20/2013

The City of Hermiston Wednesday launched a program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. Through the program -- sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC) -- the city is making free prescription discount cards available to city residents. The discount cards offer city residents an average of 23 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.

The NLC Prescription Discount Card can be used by all residents of Hermiston and has no restrictions based on a resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The card can be used at six pharmacies around the city, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.  The pharmacies in Hermiston include Bi-Mart Pharmacy, Good Shepherd Clinic Pharmacy, Hermiston Drug, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Safeway Pharmacy, and Wal-Mart Pharmacy.

“Given the current economic climate, where many people need to watch what they spend, we are happy to partner with the National League of Cities to make this prescription discount card available to our residents,” said Rod Hardin, Hermiston City Council President.  “This card helps residents who are completely uninsured, as well as residents who have insurance, but have specific medications that are not covered by their insurance. In both scenarios, residents experience significant savings on prescription medications not covered by health plans.”

Residents can obtain a free NLC Prescription Discount Card in a number of ways. They can print them from the city’s website at www.hermiston.or.us/prescriptions or can get a card in Hermiston at Good Shepherd Health Information Center, Head Start, Hermiston City Hall, Hermiston Public Library, Hermiston School District nurse’s offices, Mirasol Family Health Center, Regency Hermiston, and Safeway Pharmacy.  Residents can also use www.caremark.com/nlc to locate the nearest participating pharmacy or call toll-free at 1.888.620.1749 for assistance with the program.

“We’re pleased to have joined forces with the City of Hermiston to help their residents maintain their health in a cost-effective way,” said Marc Shapiro, Program Director, National League of Cities. “By offering a health-focused program that provides significant cost savings and is easy to use, we are helping our member cities target an important need among their residents. We hope that the Prescription Discount Card program brings to residents welcome relief from the high cost of prescriptions.”

CVS Caremark administers the NLC Prescription Discount Card program at no cost to the City of Hermiston. 

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