Phelps County residents who have used discount prescription cards offered by the county for free have saved a total of $836.49 on prescriptions purchased from November through May.

Phelps County residents who have used discount prescription cards offered by the county for free have saved a total of $836.49 on prescriptions purchased from November through May.

That is according to a report from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which the county partnered with for the discount card program. County officeholders were made aware of the report during the June 27 county commission meeting.

The report shows that during those seven months, cardholders used or attempted to use the cards at participating pharmacies on a total of 143 prescriptions with 51 of those cardholders receiving a better price versus what the pharmacy would have sold them.

The average price savings per prescription during those seven months was $5.85.

The discount cards are available for free at all of the pharmacies in Phelps County, as well as the Salvation Army, The Community Partnership, Phelps County Courthouse, Rolla, St. James, Doolittle, Newburg and Edgar Springs city offices and the St. James Caring Center.

The prescription discount cards can be used by all county residents — regardless of age, income or existing health coverage — who do not have insurance or who have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The discount card is not insurance and cannot be used in conjunction with other insurance.

People who have insurance for prescription drugs may still benefit from the discount card since it may save them money on prescription drugs that are not covered by their existing plans.

There are no enrollment or claim forms, no membership or annual fees to pay and no restrictions or limits on the number of times the card can be used.

County residents who would like more information about the program or businesses and organizations that would like to offer the cards or display information about the program may contact County Treasurer Carol Green at 458-6130.

In other business

•Also at the June 27 meeting, the commissioners approved a motion to remain with its current property liability insurance provider – The Hartford Company — through December 2013.
Dan Cavender, of BPJ Insurance, presented bids from Hartford and MOPERM (Missouri Public Entity Risk Management Fund). The motion was made assuming the two bids were comparing "apples to apples."
Hartford's total bid was $43,359, a $2,192 increase over the current contract. MOPERM's bid was for a total of $48,542.
District One Commissioner Larry Stratman said by going with MOPERM, there is the possibility that the county could end up paying less because of a rebate, but County Clerk Carol Bennett said, Hartford technically has the lower bid because "you can't go on the assumption of a rebate through MOPERM."
The commissioners agreed to review numbers again in December. Cavender called Hartford's increase "modest" and Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp said Hartford has been "competitive and has treated us well." •It was noted that the Missouri Highway sand Transportation Commission will meet Tuesday, July 9, at Rolla City Hall. The commission is expected to approve the 2014-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program at that meeting.• County Collector Davis Haas asked the commission to consider exploring the idea again of tearing down the old jail and adding parking spaces there.

It was noted there is free 10-hour street parking on Second Street as well as a lot south of the sheriff's department that can be used for courthouse parking.

• The county received a request for a private drive sign to be placed in the Doolittle city limits. Stratman said he does not believe the county has permission to do so because the sign would be placed on the city's right-of-way.

However, County Road Superintendent Walter Snelson said private drive signs are placed on the state's right-of-way on private roads located off of state highways. No decision was made.

• Skip Gilman, a representative of Pella windows, took a tour of the courthouse to look at windows that need replacing.

He noted that the windows placed in the courthouse in the early 1990s are now obsolete and many parts of the window are not made any longer.

Gilman said new window sash vents could be replaced and agreed to check with Pella's factory to see if the company can assist the county.