I was wandering around on the Internet the other day and what a surprise when I stumbled unto the fact that the county of Nevada County has a free prescription card. On reading further on the Nevada County website, it states that the card may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. The National Association of Counties has made this available to all counties that want this discount prescription card and to our good fortune, the Nevada County Public Health Department decided to make this card available to us living in Nevada County. (The formal name of the card is “The National Association of Counties NACo Drug Discount Card or simply NACo discount card”)
There is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members may use the card anytime their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. According to the County, savings average 20 percent, some discounts may be more, and some less, depending on the drug and quantity purchased. Cardholders are eligible for higher discounts on a three-month supply of some medications through mail service. If you have a pet, believe it or not, you can save on pet prescriptions at participating retail pharmacies. By the way, this is not an insurance card.
The card may be used at over 57,000 pharmacies nationwide, including most chain pharmacies and many independents. Wal-Mart participates in the program. In addition the program has a safety feature that alerts pharmacists when one drug may conflict with another medication the card holder is taking, if the prescriptions were obtained with the NACo discount card. The card program remains a useful option now that Medicare Part D has been implemented. For example, the card can be used when a Medicare Part D plan doesn’t cover a drug.
For information on obtaining a NACo discount card call 530-265-140 or go to 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA, If you do not live in Nevada County, check with your County Health Department and see if they have enrolled in this program.