Drug cards on way

Help is on the way for people who don’t have health insurance — even for some who do — in the form o

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Help is on the way for people who don’t have health insurance — even for some who do — in the form of prescription drug discount cards, courtesy of Fulton County and a central New York company.

County officials said the cards will be mailed to county residents this week by the company, ProAct Inc.

There is no cost to the county or residents, according to county Deputy Purchasing Agent Vicky Lansburg. And participants can expect to save an average of 10 percent to 20 percent on brand-name drugs and 20 percent to 50 percent on generic drugs.

“It’s all worked out between this ProAct and the pharmacies. It’s a contract between the company and the pharmacies. This ProAct acts as kind of a go-between,” Lansburg said.

County officials said the card will provide significant savings for uninsured and under-insured residents. Residents who have coverage can use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered under their plans.

The card will be accepted by most local pharmacies in Fulton County and about 59,000 nationwide, according to the company’s Web site.

The site notes that ProAct is owned by Kinney Drugs.

Lansburg said the county solicited requests for proposals from pharmacy benefit management companies and received three responses, including ProAct’s.

The county Board of Supervisors approved the contract at its meeting earlier this month.

Johnstown Supervisor Jim Callery, an early proponent of the plan, said it’s important that residents will benefit.

“This small step is an excellent opportunity to help residents cut prescription costs. Any time people can save some money on their necessities, it’s good for the community,” he said.

County officials said cards will be mailed this week but will also be available at a number of county offices, including the Department of Social Services, the Public Health Department and the Office for the Aging.

Lansburg said the benefit is particularly for people of the county who do not have medical insurance. He said the program kicked off on March 1.

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