Troy- Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino announced today a new Rensselaer County Prescription Discount Card, which will be provided free of charge to all county residents through a contract with ProAct, Inc., a Pharmacy Benefit Management Company. The program is free to the County and free to all residents.
“I am confident that this program will prove to be extremely beneficial to the residents of Rensselaer County as it is easy to use and provides significant savings on the costs of medications,” said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino.
The cards will provide users with discounts ranging from 10 to 20 percent on brand name drugs and 20 to 70 percent on generic drugs. While the program will be of most benefit to residents lacking prescription drug insurance and seniors paying out-of-pocket expenses for the Medicare Part D coverage gap, all Rensselaer County residents, regardless of income or age, can use the card. The cards cannot be used in conjunction with any other type of insurance or to discount co-pays. Residents who currently have insurance can use the card in the event that a particular drug is not covered under their current insurance plan.
Over the next week Rensselaer County residents will begin receiving the discount card via the US Postal Service at their home address. Cards will also be available at various County facilities throughout the County.
Using the card is easy, simply present the card to the pharmacy along with a new prescription or refill to receive savings. The card can be used at most pharmacies in the County and at over 56,000 pharmacies nationwide. One discount card may be used for all family members and can also be used for discounts on pet medications. There are no enrollment forms, membership fees or income requirements.
Residents seeking more information regarding ProAct and the other discounts available through the program including those for vision and dental care should contact ProAct directly at 1-877-776-2285 or visit their website at www.NYRxDiscountCard.com .
For a list of locations of where to pick up a card if one is not received through the mail please call the Rensselaer County Executive’s Office at 518-270-2900.
"The County Legislature is happy to again join efforts to control the costs of health care and prescription drugs. Giving county residents the opportunity to save on prescription drug costs is a priority during these difficult economic times, and legislators encourage residents to check out the Pro Act program," said Chairman of the Legislature Martin Reid.
In concluding her remarks Jimino stated, “The cost of medications can be overwhelming and I am hopeful that Rensselaer County residents take advantage of this program to help save some of their hard earned money.”