Akron to participate in free prescription discount plan

March 24, 2009

Akron residents will soon receive much-needed relief in paying for medications with a new nationwide prescription discount plan.

Akron City Council Monday night passed a resolution of support for the city's participation in the National League of Cities Prescription Discount Card Program.

NLC launched the program for member cities to help residents cope with the high costs of prescription drugs. Through NLC's collaboration with program administrator CVS Caremark, the program is available at no cost to all member cities and their residents.

Once the Akron prescription plan goes into effect - estimated to be within 30 days - residents will receive a card with the city's logo to receive 20 percent discounts on prescriptions at 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide.

"This program offers savings on prescription drugs to constituents without health insurance or whose prescriptions are not covered by their current plans," said At Large Councilman John Conti, who offered the resolution. "This card would also be a good supplement to those programs that offer generic prescriptions at a discount, and we can implement this program at no cost to the city or our residents."

The program places no limits on usage, no age or income requirements, and all family members will be covered. Even some pet medications are covered with the card.

The Washington, D.C.-based National League of Cities is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening and promoting cities. For information on the prescription program, visit www.caremark.com/nlc.