Launched in 2004 as a 17-county pilot program, the National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with CVS Caremark, introduced the NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card Program. The program, now available to families residing in any participating NACo-member county, provides a discount on commonly prescribed medications for those that do not have prescription drug insurance. They average savings is 24% off the regular retail price. NACo President Valerie Brown stated:
“These are truly valuable cards counties are making available to American families at no cost to taxpayers. Many families are struggling to make ends meet. By taking advantage of the savings available with the NACo card, families are able to use those extra dollars on other necessities.”
The discount, resulting from price negotiations between CVS Caremark and pharmacies and drug manufacturers, has helped American consumers save more than $300 million on more than 27 million prescription medicine purchases. Currently 1,300 counties are participating in the program.