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    CITY OF NEW HAVEN LAUNCHES THE NEW HAVEN PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNT CARD

    (9/17/2013)

    Card provides an average of 45% savings on prescriptions; can be used by any New Haven resident regardless of age, income and health status

    (New Haven, CT) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. today introduced a new benefit for all New Haven residents—the New Haven Prescription Discount Card which will be made available to all New Haven residents at no cost and without regard to age, income, health and health insurance status. The card provides an average of 45% savings on prescriptions as well as savings on vision and hearing care.

    The City of New Haven was able to secure the Prescription Discount Card benefit for its residents as a result of its membership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), which is a statewide association of towns and cities. The discount card is available to all CCM member communities, but New Haven is currently the largest city in Connecticut to launch use of the card.

    The City of New Haven Prescription Drug Discount Card will provide immediate financial relief at the pharmacy counter for uninsured and under-insured residents and offers the following features and benefits:

    • Any New Haven resident can participate regardless of age, income, health or insurance status.

    • All prescription medications are covered, including pet prescriptions that must be filled at a pharmacy.

    • There is no cost to the municipality or to participating residents.

    • Cost savings vary depending upon the medication being purchased, but average at 45%.

    • There are over 63,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Big Y and many independent pharmacies.

    • Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, hearing and Lasik procedures.

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. said, “There are no enrollment forms, membership fees, restrictions or limits on use for the New Haven Prescription Drug Discount Card and I encourage all New Haven residents to take advantage of this new benefit.”

    “CCM is pleased to offer this valuable community service to New Haven,” said CCM Executive Director and CEO Jim Finley. “Many families are struggling and even some families with health insurance may not have all their prescriptions covered. This program will help them save money on any medicines not covered by their insurance.”

    Each residence in New Haven will receive a City of New Haven Prescription Discount Card by direct mail later this week, which they may use at any participating retail pharmacy.

    Cards can also be printed out immediately by visiting www.CTRxDiscountCard.com and selecting New Haven from the drop-down menu. The New Haven Prescription Discount Card is currently accepted at 22 pharmacies in New Haven and 646 pharmacies statewide, with more pharmacies expected to sign on. A list of participating pharmacies can be found at https://reportal.restat.com/xpertrx/pharmacySearch.

    Over 10 percent of Connecticut residents – nearly 360,000 people – currently lack health insurance and prescription plans and another 800,000 residents are underinsured. There are over 50 million uninsured individuals living in the United States.

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