Phelps County residents who have used discount prescription cards offered by the county for free have saved a total of $1,504.07 on prescriptions purchased during the first year the program was offered.
During Tuesday's county commission meeting, Phelps County Treasurer Carol Green gave commissioners and the Rolla Daily News with a report, showing how much was saved and how many residents used the cards.
Phelps County partnered with the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the discount card program.
The report, provided by NACo, states since November 2012, when the program started in Phelps County, cardholders used or attempted to use the cards at participating pharmacies on a total of 249 prescriptions. Of those, cardholders received a better price on 86 prescriptions versus what the pharmacy would have sold them.
The average price savings per prescription since November 2012 was $6.04. The month with the highest savings was May, when $247.45 was saved on prescriptions. Then, 12 of 25 prescriptions received a better price with the discount cards.
The month with the lowest savings was January, when $32.50 was saved on prescriptions. During that month, four of 17 prescriptions received a better price than retail using the discount cards.
The report states that the total utilizers over the first year the program was offered in Phelps County was 134.
The discount cards are available for free at various pharmacies in Phelps County, as well as the Phelps County Courthouse and municipal offices in the county.
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.