October 1, 2007
Being able to afford prescription drugs is an on-going concern for millions of Americans, but in Louisa County it just got a little easier.
The county launched a prescription drug discount card on Monday that can be used by everyone who lives there.
It offers significant savings, especially for drugs and medication that may not be covered by your health plan.
Best of all, there is no cost to county taxpayers.
"Individuals have to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on how many meds (medicines) they are on," said Thecla Deale who works at Bailey's Drug Store in Louisa.
Deale believes the Board of Supervisors decision to adopt the prescription drug discount card program is one that was necessary.
She said, "Any little bit will help. $10, $20 is a big savings compared to paying the whole amount."
Louisa Supervisor, Fitzgerald Barnes said, "Our board wanted to make sure that those people on fixed income and those people that needed to get the medication that their doctor prescribed can get it and it not affect their lives."
The card can help anyone, but is extra beneficial to the uninsured and under-insured in Louisa.
"The senior citizens are on a fixed income and they have only the fixed income for their groceries and all of their utilities are things," said Deale.
Barnes said, "It really makes a different when you have to make the decision on whether to pay your rent this month and getting your medicine."
Both county officials and those that fill prescription needs believe helping the health of county citizens just makes sense.
"We just feel that its going to be a benefit for the citizens of Louisa County," said Barnes.
For more information on where you can pick up your free card, visit the news links section of this website.
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