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3/8/2016 - Waterbury residents save nearly $175K in drug costs via CCM program

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 approximately $175,000 in prescription costs since joining CCM’s Prescription Drug Discount Program in September 2013 when Waterbury’s participation began.

That represents a 51 percent savings over what these Waterbury residents would have paid for the 3,829 prescriptions filled thus far.

Since CCM began offering the “CCM Prescription Drug Discount Card” in September 2012, 125 towns and cities have signed up for the program.  During that time, residents in the participating communities have filled over 146,000 prescriptions and saved almost $8,000,000 with an average prescription savings of 52%.

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 Shari Fiveash, CCM Director of Member Services. “Plus, there are vision and hearing services available as well that have discounted exams, frames, lenses, and hearing aid devices.”

“It is great that Waterbury residents have been able to take advantage of CCM’s Prescription Drug Discount Program,” said Mayor Neil M. O’Leary. “I understand that the cost of prescriptions can place a heavy financial burden on our residents, so I am happy that this program provides them with some relief.

Cards can be used by all 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.  Residents can print out a card easily by CLICKING HERE, and selecting the City of Waterbury from the drop-down menu. Cards are also available at Waterbury City Hall. The discount cards are widely accepted at all national chain pharmacies and most local independent pharmacies.  All participating pharmacies in Waterbury had been given a supply of these cards as well.

Discount cards may also be used to save on human-based medications prescribed for family pets. If the prescription can be filled at participating retail pharmacies, you will receive a discount.  Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, Lasik and hearing services. CLICK HERE for more details, including a pharmacy look-up and drug price comparison tool.