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    CITY OF NEW HAVEN RESIDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO EASY-TO-USE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARD

    (3/20/2009) NEW HAVEN—In current economic climate, where people are watching their spending, discount cards can offer average savings of 20 percent off drug retail prices

    The City of New Haven today launched a program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs. The city is making free prescription drug discount cards available to city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer city residents an average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs.

    The discount cards may be used by all residents of the City and has no restrictions based on the resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The NLC card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at 22 pharmacies throughout the city, as well as at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

    “In the current economic climate, where many people are watching what they spend, New Haven is happy to partner with the National League of Cities to make this prescription discount card available for all of our residents,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “Whether or not an individual has prescription coverage, this program can make it easier for our residents to afford the drugs they need to deal with a short-term illness or stay healthy by managing a chronic condition.”

    Cards are available at the Office of New Haven Residents on the first floor of City Hall at no cost to city residents. Individuals interested in obtaining a card must show proof of residency in New Haven in one of two ways. The “express route” allows residents to receive their discount card by simply showing a valid Elm City Resident Card. The second option involves presenting two of the following documents:

    * Utility bill with name and address;

    * Insurance bill, bank statement, check book;

    * Employment pay stub;

    * Local property tax statement;

    * Proof of a minor enrolled in public or private school;

    * Voter registration card

    * Original documents from a health or social services organization attesting to the fact that the applicant is a New Haven resident

    Two proofs of residency must come from two different places. Residency documents must show the name and current address of the applicant. Residency documents in the name of only one spouse will be accepted for married couples only if an original marriage certificate is presented.

    Representatives of the Office of New Haven Residents began posting flyers and posters to advertise this event at health clinics, community non-profits and other locations that may reach residents that could most benefit from this discount opportunity. Efforts will continue throughout next week to continue posting information on this program in offices and businesses citywide.

    City residents can contact the Office of New Haven Residents at (203) 946-6149 or 946-7847 or visit the office between the hours of 9am- 5pm Monday through Friday. Additional details are also available on the City’s website at www.cityofnewhaven.com.

    In order to enjoy the benefits of this program, residents only have to show their card when purchasing medication at one of the many participating pharmacies. There is no enrollment form required to get a card, no membership fee of any kind and city residents and their family members can use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.

    The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark.

    About The National League of Cities

    The National League of Cities (NLC) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. To learn more about NLC, go to www.nlc.org.

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    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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