Commissioners Unveil Prescription Discount Program for County Residents
Clark County commissioners today unveiled a new prescription drug discount program that is available to all County residents and could provide savings of 10 to 70 percent on medications, and lower the cost of hearing and vision checkups, LASIK procedures and even some pet medicines.
During the next few days, every household in Clark County should be receiving a Clark County Prescription Discount Card in the mail. The cards are also available online at www.NevadaRxDiscountCard.com, and at various local pharmacies and community organizations. (The website also has a list of the doctors who are participating in the program and the pharmacies that will accept the discount card.) There are no enrollment forms to fill out or fees to pay to use the Clark County Prescription Discount Card Program. All one needs to do is present a program card to a participating pharmacy or doctor’s office.
“The Clark County Prescription Discount Card will especially help the one out of every five County residents who lack health insurance,” Commission Chair Steve Sisolak said.
“This free and easy-to-use program is a welcome benefit for our residents who face increasing healthcare costs,” Commissioner Susan Brager said.
“This program will ease the tremendous financial strain on many of our friends and neighbors by immediately making their prescriptions less expensive,” Commissioner Tom Collins said.
“This program will significantly help residents who have no insurance, while those who have insurance will pay less for those prescriptions not covered by their plan,” Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said.
“This is a great way to save money, and it is being done at no cost to the taxpayers,” Commissioner Mary Beth Scow said.
“The Clark County Prescription Discount Card is free and easy to use, and will give some financial relief to those who are struggling to afford their life-saving prescriptions,” Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said.
The discount cards cannot be used in conjunction with any insurance or other discount program so the program will be most beneficial for residents without insurance. However, residents with health insurance will be able to use this program to reduce the cost of medications not covered by their insurance plan. The Clark County Discount Prescription Discount Card Program is expected lower the cost of most brand-name medications by 10 to 20 percent and most generic medications by 20 to 70 percent.
The program also includes discounts on hearing and vision checkups and LASIK procedures with participating physicians, plus savings on some pet medications. (Residents can save money on medications for their pet any time a human medication is prescribed for their pet and they obtain the medicine from a pharmacy that is participating in the discount program.) There is also a dental care component of the program that has an enrollment fee.
Last year, the commission entered into an agreement with ProAct to provide these discount cards to residents at no cost to the County. The discounts are made possible through ProAct’s negotiated rates with participating pharmacies and physicians.
The prescription discount cards are accepted at more than 55,000 pharmacies across the nation, including more than 290 pharmacies in Clark County such as CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and many locally-owned pharmacies. For a complete list of the participating pharmacies call 1-855-702-SAVE (7283) or go to www.NevadaRxDiscountCard.com.
Information about the pet prescriptions, hearing, vision, LASIK and dental benefits is also available through the website. Anyone without access to the Internet may call 1-866-956-5400 for information about the hearing benefit, and 1-877-201-3852 for information about the LASIK benefit.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 42 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.