Prescription card saves Proviso Township residents 75 percent
Proviso Township officials have partnered with Melrose Park to offer a free discount prescription card to residents.
The announcement comes after the state of Illinois made budget cuts to the Illinois Cares Rx program, leaving 160,000 people without prescription drug coverage statewide.
The card is offered through Coast2Coast Rx and does not cost the village or township any money.
In 2011, the card saved an average of 48 percent off the retail price of drugs for all cardholders nationwide.
The average savings for a prescription is $29.42. Nearly 60,000 drugs are covered at over 59,000 pharmacies in the network, including all chain stores and the vast majority of independent pharmacies nationally.
The discount card is not intended to replace insurance.
Proviso Township Supervisor Mike Corrigan said that since Proviso Township began offering residents the prescription drug discount card, they have paid only $4,500 for $18,000 worth of drugs — a savings of 75 percent.
The Coast2Coast card also provides 50 to 80 percent discounts for some lab and imaging tests and discounts on some dental, veterinary and vision services. Discounts on diabetes supplies and equipment as well as hearing services are also available. The card can be used with mail order services.
Seniors on Medicare Part D prescription coverage may find it beneficial by saving money on some medicine during their “donut hole” gap in coverage.
Cards are available at the Village Hall, library, police station and online at coast2coastrx.com/provtwp/.
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