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Member Relations Corner: Drug card program for League members and their citizens 

by Rob Shepherd, League Manager of Member Relations and Education

As you may know, prescriptions are the fastest-rising cost associated with health care spending. Now the League is able to provide cities and towns a cost-saving resource for residents through a partnership with United Networks of America and Restat, two of the nation’s leading prescription drug benefit providers!

The North Carolina Rx Card program provides prescription discounts of up to 75 percent off retail costs. This is an extremely useful benefit for uninsured or underinsured citizens, but it can assist most anyone, including insured municipal employees, with non-covered prescription drugs on high deductible health plans or other benefit plans.

The card is accepted at all major drug stores and most independently owned drug stores. Cities and towns can offer the card as a benefit for all citizens, who can simply present the card at their pharmacy. There are no strings attached, no paperwork, no fees, and it’s totally confidential. The value of this program is that it allows you to provide a service to residents at no cost to your city or town. Beyond prescriptions, the program also offers discounts on other types of services including eyeglasses, Lasik surgery, hearing plans, dental plans, diabetic supplies and even teeth whitening.

This program is an easy-to-use tool that can help citizens afford medications and receive discounts on other types of services and improve the overall health of our communities.

Benefits to your city:

  • Easy to implement with no follow-up after distribution
  • Opportunities to collaborate with social service organizations, schools, health care and other important partners to create healthier communities
  • Lends good will and provides speaking opportunities about program (Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.)
  • Positive media opportunities

Benefits to your citizens:

  • Cards provide a safety net for anyone who fills prescriptions
  • Relieves some stress of prescription costs particularly for uninsured and underinsured
  • Extensive network of participating pharmacies - 56,000 locations nationwide from locally owned pharmacies to large national chains
  • Average savings of 32 percent off retail for brand and generic drug prescriptions

The League will have information and drug cards available at CityVision 2015 in Winston-Salem. Please stop by the NCLM Service Center located in the Exhibit Hall. For members not attending CityVision 2015, you may contact Melissa Smith at 919-715-3927 to have a starter pack shipped to you. You may also direct your citizens here to find North Carolina RX Card program information under the Programs and Services tab.