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Program offers drug savings
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A free program from the Tennessee Municipal League is offering state residents savings on prescription drugs up to 75 percent.
Free prescription drug cards are available to everyone, accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies nationwide, pre-activated, and discounts are to up 75 percent off most name-brand and generic medications, with average savings around 30 percent.
McMinnville Mayor Norman Rone is encouraging everyone to apply for a card.
“This is a wonderful program,” said Rone. “It’s designed to be as simple as possible for people to access and use. Plus, it saves our residents money.”
A partnership was recently launched between TML and Tennessee municipalities to make prescription drugs more affordable to the uninsured. Statewide, there are more than 867,000 Tennesseans who do not have insurance.
Plus, the program can be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts and high-deductible plans. People who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-covered drugs. The vast majority of prescription medications, both brand name and generic, written by a doctor are covered in the program.
The card has no restrictions to membership, no income or age limitations, and residents aren’t required to fill out an application. All residents have to do is create and print their own pre-activated card from the city’s website at www.mcminnvilletenn.com.
The card is accepted at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country. About 900 pharmacies in Tennessee participate, including CVS, Walgreens, Target, Publix and Kroger. A complete list of participating pharmacies can be found at www.tennesseedrugcard.com/pharmacy.php.
The card can also help young people who are not receiving employer benefits and elderly people whose prescriptions needs are not being met by Medicare.
The opportunity to achieve significant savings is not limited to prescription drugs. The card may also be used on diabetic supplies, prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, Lasik eye surgery, and teeth-whitening procedures.
For more information about the Tennessee Drug Card Program, go to www.tennesseedrugcard.com.