No-strings prescription savings card coming to Peninsula
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Clallam County Commissioner Steve Tharinger displays a drug savings card that consumers will be able to use at 16 pharmacies across the North Olympic Peninsula. -- Photo by Tom Thompson/Peninsula Daily News

By Jim Casey, Peninsula Daily News

If numskulls weren't so crafty, this prescription drug card would be foolproof.

Clallam County residents can take big deductions off the price of prescription drugs starting Saturday - just for living in Clallam County.

On Oct. 1, Jefferson County citizens can do the same.

A no-strings-attached program from the National Association of Counties, it saves cardholders between 13 and 34 percent on prescriptions that aren't covered by insurance.

It can be used in conjunction with Veterans Affairs Health Care, Medicare, even with a private policy that doesn't cover a particular prescription.

The Clallam County Rx card and its Jefferson County twin will need no paperwork, no co-pay, no eligibility requirements - including age or illness - no sign-up fee and no limits.

And the counties are doing everything short of putting it into people's pockets to get the card into circulation.

Just tear off and use it
Small kiosks bearing posters about benefits and copies of the cards will go up "wherever people gather," said County Administrator Jim Jones, who has 22,000 cards

Jefferson County Administrator John Fischbach has ordered 10,000 cards.

To use the card, take one and tear off the top portion. Present it when you pay for your prescription.

Once the payment is processed, the cardbearer is registered for all participating pharmacies - 57,000 of them - across the nation.

The cardbearer's family is covered, too.

As Jones put it Tuesday, when Clallam County commissioners officially announced the plan, it's almost too good to be true.

Veterinarians' prescriptions are eligible if filled at a participating pharmacy, he said.

Even jail inmates can use it.

Moreover, it will save taxpayers money.

Taxpayer savings too
Because Clallam County covers the whole cost of retired sheriff's deputies' and firefighters' health care, the retirees will be required to use the card, Jones said.

That could save about $10,000 a year, said Commissioner Mike Chapman, R-Port Angeles.

The association of counties will furnish Clallam and Jefferson officials with monthly reports of how many people used the card and how much they saved.

To learn more, visit https://naco.advancerx.com to find a participating pharmacy, get a price estimate of your prescription, check drug interactions, or read articles from health journals.

Interested persons also can call 877-321-2652.

The National Association of Counties, which contracted for card services with CVS Caremark of Nashville, Tenn., represents 3,066 counties across the country.

Where to find cards
Initially, residents can find Clallam County Rx cards at these locations:

  • Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles.

  • Clallam County Veterans Center, 261 S. Francis St., Port Angeles.

  • Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St.

    The cards will be available Oct. 1 in Jefferson County at these locations.

  • Jefferson County Courthouse, 621 Sheridan St.

  • Health Department, 615 Sheridan St.

  • Port Townsend City Hall, 181 Quincy St.

  • Library, 1220 Lawrence St.

    Branch libraries, community centers and other locations in Jefferson County also will offer the cards.

    Where you can use them
  • Don's Pharmacy, 1151 Water St., Port Townsend.

  • Albertson's Pharmacy, 114 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

  • QFC Pharmacy, 990-B E. Washington St., Sequim. QFC Pharmacies in Port Townsend and Port Hadlock are negotiating use of the cards

  • Safeway Pharmacies, 442 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend; 110 E. Third St., Port Angeles; 2709 E. U.S. Highway 101, Port Angeles; 680 W. Washington St., Sequim.

  • Chinook Pharmacy, 11 S. Forks Ave., Forks.

  • Costco Pharmacy, 955 W. Washington St., Sequim.

  • Frick Rexall Drug, 609 Sequim Village Center, Sequim.

  • Jim's Pharmacy, 424 E. Second St., Port Angeles.

  • Rite Aid Pharmacies, 680 W. Washington St., Sequim; 110 Plaza St., Port Angeles; 621 S. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.

  • Wal-Mart Pharmacies, 1110 W. Washington St., Sequim; 3500 E. Highway 101, Port Angeles.

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    Reporter Jim Casey can be reached at 360-417-3538 or at jim.casey@peninsuladailynews.com.

    Reporter Evan Cael contributed to this report. He can be reached at 360-385-2335 or evan.cael@peninsuladailynews.com.

    Last modified: August 29. 2007 9:00PM
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