|A program has been launched to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. Through the program sponsored by CVS Caremark and sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC) the city of Joplin is making free prescription discount cards available to residents. The discount cards offer an average of 23 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.
The NLC Prescription Discount Card may be used by all residents of Joplin and has no restrictions based on a resident's age, income level, or existing health coverage. It is accepted at approximately 20 pharmacies around the city, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.
"Given the current economic climate, where many people need to watch what they spend, we are happy to partner with the National League of Cities to make this prescription discount card available to our residents," said Dan Pekarek, Joplin Health Director. "This card helps residents who are completely uninsured, as well as residents who have insurance, but have specific medications that are not covered by their insurance. In both scenarios, residents experience significant savings on prescription medications not covered by health plans."
Residents may obtain a free NLC Prescription Discount Card in a number of ways. They may print them from the Internet here or obtain them in person at the Joplin Health Dept., Joplin Public Library and city of Joplin venues.
"We're pleased to have joined forces with Joplin to help their residents maintain their health in a cost-effective way," said Marc Shapiro, program director, National League of Cities. "By offering a health-focused program that provides significant cost savings and is easy to use, we are helping our member cities target an important need among their residents. We hope that the Prescription Discount Card program brings to residents welcome relief from the high cost of prescriptions."
Pharmacies accepting the card include Bruner PBA Pharmacy in Webb City, Dillon's, Drug Warehouse in Webb City, Family Pharmacy, Galena (KS) Med-X, May's, The Medicine Shoppe, Ozark Center Pharmacy, Quickmeds Pharmacy-Freeman West, Price-Cutter, Sam's Club, Senior Care Pharmacy, Stone's Corner Pharmacy in Webb City, Walgreens, Walmart, Wilkinson's, or mail order direct.