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October 4, 2011

County rolls out prescription drug card

ATHENS — Limestone County residents may now have a chance to save money on prescriptions through a program unveiled Monday at a County Commission meeting.

On Sept. 6, the commission approved its participation in the Coast2Coast Rx program, which entails using a card when picking up prescriptions. The card contains a code specific to Limestone County, and can be used at most chain drugstores and participating independent outlets.

The card is designed to provide savings of up to 75 percent on brand name and generic drugs and can be used whenever prescriptions are not covered by insurance or other means. Though the card may provide the biggest savings to those who don’t have insurance, it can be used if prescription plans are not covered by insurance.

The card will allow all residents, regardless of income, age or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications, according to a press release.

“This program has saved cardholders throughout the nation over 50 percent in 2011 on the cost of prescription drugs,” the release said. “Even pets and other people living outside the county are able to take part in the program.”

County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee said he couldn’t find anything negative about the card, which he said could help residents and the county.

“Discounts and coupons are very popular in the newspapers and magazines,” he said. “It’s a good example of the county working on new incentives to help Limestone residents.”

Each time the card is used, the county receives $1 for every prescription filled. If 1 percent of county residents begin using the program, the county will receive $1.25. The county was not required to pay to participate in the program.

Limestone is one of several counties — including Autauga, Elmore, Geneva, Marshall, Mobile, Shelby and Walker — to participate in the program. It has also received endorsement from the Alabama County Commissioners Association.

Ron Howard of Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. said he was excited to be bringing the program to Limestone County residents. He said prescription cards would be available in local drug stores, county buildings and doctor’s offices.

Cards can also be printed off by visiting the Coast2Coast Rx website at www.coast2coastrx.com. Howard said a list of all eligible medications covered by the card could also be found on the site.

Though Limestone County could benefit from residents using the card, it doesn’t have to be used inside the county. Howard said even if residents use the card in another county or another state, the county code would be recognized by any one of the 59,000 participating pharmacies.

He said the program has been in place in Mobile County for five years, and has saved its residents about $2 million in prescription drug costs over that time. Use of the card, he said, brings in about $30,000 annually to Mobile County.

Howard estimated that Limestone County could generate $25,000 to $30,000 in revenue annually, but added that the more people who use the card, the more money it would bring in.

For more information, visit www.coast2coastrx.com or call the Limestone County Commission at 256-233-6400.

In other business Monday, the commission:

• Approved a lease for a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe for the Sheriff’s Department at a cost of $1 annually;

• Approved a $3,400 grant agreement to purchase an ID card printer for the Ardmore Police Department with a county match of $1,000;

• Awarded a bid to McCain/Command Uniform Company for Sheriff’s Department uniforms at a cost of $108.50 for dress shirts and pants and $165 for jackets;

• Transferred Michael Clem from a position at the Limestone County Jail to assistant animal control officer;

• Hired John David McCormick as a deputy sheriff pending a drug and alcohol screening;

• Hired Kimberly LaJean Barnett as nutrition-site manager at the East Limestone Senior Center; and

• Changed the speed limit from Alabama 99 to Hickory Hills Road to 50 mph and Hickory Hills Road to Baker Hill Road to 45 mph.

 

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