The Calhoun Commission launched a discount card program last fall to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs.

Following a three month period November-January, county residents have saved $6,150.91, according to commission president Larry McCallister.

The free discount cards are provided through the National Association of Counties.

"Calhoun County is proud to be one of the counties nationwide participating with NACo," said commissioner McCallister. The card offers average savings of 20% off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

The cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, or existing health coverage, and are accepted at all county pharmacies.

A national network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies will also honor the NACo prescription discount cards.

The NACo prescription discount card offers significant savings for the uninsured and under-insured residents of our county, and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan.

Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.

Cards will be available at the County Clerk's office and at the county's two pharmacies.

McCallister said "Simply present it at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance."

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