The city of Waterbury, through its association with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the statewide association of towns and cities, has already saved Waterbury residents over $49,800 in prescription costs since joining CCM’s Prescription Drug Discount Program last September when the city of Waterbury launched the program.
That represents a 52 percent savings over what these Waterbury residents would have paid for – the 1,027 prescriptions filled thus far. The city-wide savings and use of the cards by residents is expected to grow significantly in the coming months.
“This valuable program has been helping our residents get their needed medicines and save money in the process,” said Mayor Neil M. O’Leary. “Many Waterbury families are struggling and even some families with health insurance may not have all their prescriptions covered. This is a clear win for Waterbury.”
113 towns and cities have signed up for the program, and in 18 months, residents in these participating communities have filled over 50,000 prescriptions and saved over $2,869,000 on the cost of their prescription medications.
The program is free to any CCM-member municipality, providing savings on any prescriptions not covered by insurance. There are no costs to either the participating municipalities or their residents.
“Even if you have prescription insurance, this card can help residents save when their current insurance card doesn’t cover a medication, or if their pet needs medication that is human-based,” said Gina Calabro, CCM Director of Member Services. “Plus, there are vision and hearing services discounts available as well that have discounted exams, frames, lenses, and hearing aid devices.”
Cards can be used by all city residents regardless of age, income or existing health coverage. There are no enrollment forms, membership fees, restrictions or limits on frequency of use for residents. There is easy access to the program. Residents either received a card through the mail or can print out a card easily by visiting www.CTRxDiscountCard.com, and selecting the city of Waterbury from the drop-down menu.
The cards can also be found at Waterbury City Hall, Waterbury Senior Center, and Waterbury Department of Public Health. The discount cards are widely accepted at all national chain pharmacies and most local independent pharmacies.
Discount cards may also be used to save on human-based medications prescribed for family pets that can be filled at participating retail pharmacies. Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, Lasik and hearing services. Visit www.CTRxDiscountCard.com for more details, including a pharmacy look-up and drug price comparison tool.