Commissioners, Council approve prescription drug card for residents

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The Switzerland County Commissioners and the Switzerland County Council have approached the implementation of a discount card for residents to help with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The county is now making prescription drug discount cards available to any resident of Switzerland County who would like one. The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties, and the cards are free. The card offers an average savings of 20-percent off of the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The card may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage; and are accepted at the CVS Pharmacy in Vevay. A national network of more than 59,000 retail pharmacies will honor the card, as well.

“Switzerland County is proud to be one of the counties nationwide that is participating with the National Association of Counties,” Commissioner K.C. Banta said. “The prescription discount card offers significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our county, and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan.”

To use the card, a person simply has to present it at the pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee, and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use.

The free cards are available at the commissioners’ office in the courthouse, and will soon be available at various locations around the county.

For more information on this important program, contact the Switzerland County Commissioners office at 427-2460.