Chester County residents who have taken advantage of the County’s prescription discount program have collectively saved nearly $835,000 in prescription drug costs since the start of the initiative.
The Chester County Commissioners included an update on the county’s prescription, dental and health discount programs – also known as the “Live Healthy” Discount Program – at this week’s Sunshine Meeting. The Live Healthy Discount Program, available through a partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and CVS Caremark, can help Chester County residents save an average of 24 percent off the retail price of prescription medicine, and save 15 to 50 percent on the cost of dental and health check-ups, cleanings, fillings, vision services, hearing aids, diabetes supplies prepaid lab work and more.
The Live Healthy Discount Program is available to all Chester County residents, those with and without health insurance, as an added way to save on the cost of health care. The Live Healthy prescription discount card is free to all residents; there is no fee to join. Dental and health discounts require a low, monthly or annual fee to join. There are no annual limits placed on use, no forms to fill out, no waiting periods, no age or income requirements and no medical condition restrictions. The Live Healthy Discount Program is not health insurance.
“Many Chester County families face high costs when paying for health care and we are pleased to be able to offer discounts that lead to tangible savings on everyday costs of prescription medicine as well as dental and health procedures and services,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline. “In addition to helping with costs for the uninsured and underinsured, the discount cards can be used for medicine and services not covered by health plans.”
Commissioner Kathi Cozzone added: “When we introduced the prescription discount card for all residents in December 2008, we were facing tough economic times and the card was welcomed by many residents to help with the payment of needed medication. Those savings are still as relevant and needed today as they were then, and we encourage even more residents to take advantage of the free service for prescription discounts, and the low cost fee for additional discounts on dental and health services.”
Chester County launched the prescription discount card at the end of 2008 and to date residents have received discounts on over 46,000 prescriptions, resulting in nearly $835,000 in savings. The card can be used on all prescriptions not covered by insurance, including pet medication, and there is no cost to residents or to Chester County. The card can be used in more than 100 Chester County pharmacies and in a network of 68,000 pharmacies nationwide – including major chain pharmacies and many independent pharmacies.
Introduction of the dental discount program followed in March of 2011 with Chester County residents receiving between 15 and 50 percent reduction in dental costs, and the health discount card was unveiled in April 2014 with residents receiving between 15 and 70 percent reduction in health costs. Both of these cards incur a fee of $6.95 a month or $69 a year for individuals, and for families it is $8.95 a month or $79 a year. Hundreds of dentists and dental specialists in Chester County accept the dental discount card, and the health card is honored by a full range of health care providers.
“Chester County may be ranked the healthiest in Pennsylvania, but for many of our citizens, health care costs remain a key concern,” said Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell. “We encourage all of our residents to choose one, two or all three of these discount programs to help offset the cost of medication, dental and health services.”
For more information about the Live Healthy prescription, dental and health discount programs, go to the Chester County Health Department website, www.chesco.org/health, or go to www.NACoHealth.org, or call 1-877-321-2652 for information on the prescription discount program, and 1-877-573-2395 for the dental and health discount program.