Changes Coming to NACo Prescription Drug Program

NACo’s Board of Directors recently approved a change to the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program that will now provide participating counties with an option to receive a $1 fee for each prescription filled.

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, offered exclusively 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.

Under the Board approved changes, NACo will move forward with negotiating a new contract with CVS Caremark to offer participating counties a revenue option.  According to the December 19 issue of the NACo County News:

NACo would receive a 50-cents marketing fee per prescription filled, which it would share with state associations that endorse the NACo program. State associations would receive 40 cents and NACo would keep 10 cents.  The prescription discount card would continue to be free.

Counties now enrolled in the program could continue under their current contract, which provides no revenue to counties, or they could opt to switch to the new program. Residents in counties that choose not to receive revenue would receive a slightly higher discount savings rate — 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

For additional information on how to get your county involved with the program, visit NACo’s Prescription Drug Discount Card Program webpage.

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