City of Fresno Launches Program to Help Residents Save Money on Prescription Drug Purchases
10/28/2009

City of Fresno officials today unveiled a program that will provide prescription drug discount cards to city residents to help them save up to 20 percent on prescriptions that are not covered by insurance.

The City is making the free prescription drug discount cards available to Fresno residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The card has no enrollment or membership fees, and there are no claim forms to fill out and no limit to the number of times residents can use the card. There is no cost to the City of Fresno to administer the program.

“This program will give our residents some much-needed relief when it comes to buying prescription medications during these difficult economic times,” Mayor Swearengin said. “In particular, it will help our low-income residents and senior citizens afford the prescription drugs they need to deal with their medical issues.”

Councilmember Henry T. Perea said, "I'm pleased to see this program launched in the City of Fresno. I introduced this program to the City Council last April because so many of our low-income and senior communities have to make tough choices between buying food or prescription drugs. I believe this program will make that decision much easier."

The discount cards may be used by all residents of Fresno and have no restrictions based on the resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The NLC card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at most chain and independent pharmacies around the city.

The program is not insurance; rather, it provides immediate discounts at participating pharmacies. While savings vary by drug and by pharmacy, the NCL program can provide savings of up to 20 percent.

The free prescription drug discount cards will be available at all City of Fresno community centers, City Hall, CVS pharmacies and various other locations throughout the City. A complete listing of locations, card distribution locations and general information about the program will be posted on the City of Fresno website at www.fresno.gov/pdp.

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

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