Knox County prescription discount program shows growth
Rockland — The Knox County Commission announced the County’s Prescription Drug Discount program is expected to cross the $100,000 resident savings milestone later this year.
While overall program usage was down slightly in 2012, average price savings per prescription climbed 15 percent to an average of $16.35 compared to $14.24 during 2011. Last February, commissioners voted to adopt a new revenue sharing agreement with NACo, the National Association of Counties, which increased the savings per prescription.
NACo provides the service free of charge to Knox County through its membership in the association. The program, in turn, is provided at no charge to all county residents.
Available to any Knox County resident, the program has provided an average savings of nearly 26 percent for each discount-eligible prescription since the program was started in February 2008. In 2012, Knox residents saved a total of $19,209.
According to County Administrator Andrew Hart in a news release, “Program eligibility is simple. The only requirement is to be a resident of Knox County.”
There are no ability or disability or other insurance or income qualifiers. While the card is designed to provide the most value to under or uninsured residents, it may still provide a discount to those who already have adequate insurance.
The cards are widely available throughout the county in town offices, libraries and other civic and some non-profit agencies. Residents may also download a card for immediate use through the county website at knoxcountymaine.gov/ema
For more information, contact the Knox County Emergency Management Agency at 594-5155. Residents who prefer the convenience of a card mailed directly to them, can call the Emergency Management office to request one. The agency has speakers available to present the program to your group upon request.