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From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

12-10-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

All residents eligible for free discounts on prescription drugs

Clackamas County residents are now eligible to sign up for a free program to receive discounts on prescription drugs. The program aims to help residents that are either uninsured or underinsured for health care, but potentially anyone can participate and may be able to save money.

The program is run by the National Association of Counties (NACo), and is free to all residents because Clackamas County is a NACo member.

To use NACo's Prescription Discount Card Program, residents simply sign up online and print out a card they can use, immediately if desired, when purchasing prescription drugs. Residents only need to provide their name and zip code. The process takes about a minute.

Alternatively, residents can call 877-321-2652 (toll-free) to sign up and have a card mailed to them. Callers will reach CVS Caremark, which works with NACo to administer the program.

While individual cards are suggested, only one card is needed per family. More than 68,000 pharmacies accept the card nationally, including many large pharmaceutical chains. At least 50 pharmacies within Clackamas County accept the card, including locations in Boring, Canby, Clackamas, Estacada, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oak Grove, Oregon City, Sandy, Tualatin, Welches, West Linn, and Wilsonville.

Savings range based on store and medication, but on average, card users save 24 percent off the regular retail price for a prescription. If a resident has health insurance, they can alternatively use the card in case it offers a greater discount than they would receive otherwise.

In some cases, the card can also be used to receive a discount on pet medications.

Additionally, residents can sign up for the NACo Health Discount Program and/or NACo Dental Discount program. These two programs are similar to the prescription drug program, except each is offered for a low monthly fee ($7/person or $9/family). The health program can be used for discounts related to vision, diabetic supply lab testing and hearing services. The dental program saves individuals between 15 and 50 percent on common dental procedures, with a network of more than 114,000 general dentists and specialists.

All three program listed above are part of NACo's Live Healthy initiative. More information for residents can be found online.

For more information, members of the media and public can contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at 503-742-5917.

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