Metro-area residents saved $313,984 using a prescription drug
discount card provided by Arapahoe County since July 2008. The
cards are sponsored by the National Association of Counties, and
offer a discount off the retail price of prescription medications
that are not covered by insurance, such as Medicaid, Medicare,
private or employer-sponsored health plans.
"If you have been prescribed a medication that is not covered by
your insurance company's formulary, we invite you to pick up a free
NACo discount card and see if it can help you to save money on your
prescription," said Arapahoe County Commissioner Frank Weddig.
Residents can pick up the discount card at one of many
participating locations, or print a card online at
www.caremark.com/naco/ and present it to a local pharmacist at
check-out to see if a discount can be applied. There is no
enrollment fee and no limit to how many times the cards can be
used. The cards are accepted at 90 percent of the County's
pharmacies and more than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide.
Between July 2010 and June 2011, the discount drug cards were
presented at pharmacies 5,795 times. In cases where the NACo card
could offer the lowest price, consumers received an average
discount of $22.30 on each drug purchase. That represents an
average savings of 23.7 percent off the retail price of prescribed
drugs and a total savings to County citizens of $149,743 over the
The discount card program is administered by Caremark Rx, Inc.,
which negotiates the discounts directly with participating
pharmacies. If a pharmacy prices a particular medication lower than
the discount rate available with the NACo card, the consumer will
receive the lower price.
Neither NACo nor the participating counties receive any revenue
from the program. There also is no cost to the County, taxpayers or
consumers to participate.
The discount cards are available at various Arapahoe County
buildings, and the cities of Centennial, Deer Trail, Englewood,
Littleton and Sheridan, as well as the Aurora Library District.
For specific locations or to request a supply of the cards for
your business to make available to the public, please call
303-738-8040 or visit www.co.arapahoe.co.us. County residents also
can call 1-877-321-2652 toll free or visit www.caremark.com/naco to
learn how the discount can benefit them.