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October 26th, 2009
City to launch prescription drug program

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San Marcos officials will announce a new program Thursday enabling all city residents to reduce the cost of all prescription drugs by 20 percent.

The city is making the free discount cards available at city offices and other locations through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer city residents average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

“The City of San Marcos is pleased to work with the National League of Cities and participating pharmacies to help reduce the cost of prescription medicines,” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said. “Many residents will benefit from this program, especially if their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.”

The discount cards may be used by all residents of San Marcos with no restrictions based on any resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. San Marcos residents only have to show their card when purchasing medication at one of the many participating pharmacies.

There is no enrollment form required to get a card, nor is there a membership fee of any kind. City residents and their family members can use the cards any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

Cards are available at city offices, including City Hall (630 East Hopkins Street), the San Marcos Public Library (625 East Hopkins Street), the Grant Harris Jr. Building 401 East Hopkins Street), the electric utility office (1040 SH 123), the Women Infants and Children (WIC) office (700 North LBJ Drive, No. 104), the San Marcos Activity Center (501 East Hopkins Street) and the city’s public services buildings. City residents can call toll-free to 1-888-620-1749 or visit www.caremark.com/nlc for information about the program.

The city will announce the program at the new CVS Pharmacy, on the corner of Hunter and Wonder World Drive on Thursday at 11 a.m.

The participating pharmacies are B&J Pharmacy at 205 Moore Street, CVS Pharmacies at 920 SH 80 and 105 Wonder World Drive, the H-E-B grocery stores at 641 East Hopkins Street and 200 West Hopkins Street, and Target at 700 Barnes Drive.

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  1. This sounds like a great program. I’m curious about the cost to the city, but I am sure that there are many, many residents who can benefit from this.

  2. To understand more about this program, here is what the NLC says at their website in a press release they issued a year ago on this program:

    — start of NLC website text —

    “NLC to Help Cities Provide Discount Prescription Drug Program to Residents

    10/15/08

    The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced a new program to provide some relief to city residents from the high cost of prescription drugs. The NLC Prescription Discount Card Program, administered by CVS Caremark, helps residents without health insurance, a traditional benefit plan, or who have prescriptions not covered by insurance.

    The NLC discount card will offer an average 20 percent savings from the regular retail price of prescription medications and can be used at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country. The prescription discount cards may be used by all city residents and have no restrictions based on the resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage.

    “NLC’s mission is not only to serve and represent cities and towns, but to support those cities and towns in responding to the needs of their citizens,” said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. “In the current economic climate, where many city residents are feeling a financial pinch, the NLC Prescription Discount Card will make it more affordable for city residents to purchase the drugs they need to deal with a short-term illness or chronic condition.”

    NLC member cities can sign up on NLC’s website (www.nlc.org) to participate in the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program and residents can begin using the discount cards shortly thereafter. There is no cost for member cities to participate in the program.

    For residents of participating cities, there is no enrollment form required, no membership fee, and residents and their families can use the card anytime prescriptions are not covered by insurance. A future announcement will provide information on how and when residents may obtain the cards.

    The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.”

    — end of NLC website text —

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