Prescription Drug Discount Program Working Well

Release Date: 
07/04/2013

A report released by the National League of Cities (NLC) shows that Hermiston residents taking advantage of a free prescription drug discount card are reaping the benefits.  The program, sponsored by NLC, was launched in Hermiston in February, 2013.  The report shows that through the end of May, users have saved an average of $12.93 per month on prescriptions, which equals about a 14% savings.

Print a free card HERE.

Despite the benefits, the program has not been utilized by many so far.  Only 42 unique users have used their cards to fill 91 total prescriptions in the first four months of the program.  Rod Hardin, Hermiston City Council President, hopes more people can find out about the program to take advantage of the savings.

“This is a great program that helps any resident of the city, not just the low-income or elderly,” Hardin said, “and the best part is that Hermiston gets this benefit simply for being an NLC member.  It doesn’t cost the City of Hermiston a penny.”

The NLC Prescription Drug 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, including Bi-Mart Pharmacy, Good Shepherd Clinic Pharmacy, Hermiston Drug, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Safeway Pharmacy, and Wal-Mart Pharmacy.

“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,” Hardin said.  “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.

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

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