Program helps uninsured and underinsured afford prescription medications.

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns is pleased to announce their endorsement of the Indiana Drug Card. The Indiana Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program that was developed to help residents of Indiana afford to purchase prescription medications. Since its inception in July of 2009, Indiana Drug Card has saved residents $5.8 million on more than 467,000 prescriptions.

With the rising costs of healthcare today, along with the state of the current economy, people all over the country have been affected and have had to make economical sacrifices in their lives.

Unfortunately, some people have to make decisions of whether to pay utility bills or prescription medications filled. According to recent surveys conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 40 percent of Americans say they have chosen not to fill a prescription due to the high cost.

The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns knows that now is the time to make the residents of our communities aware of the Indiana Drug Card. Everyone is eligible to get a free drug card. There are no applications to fill out, no restrictions to membership and no income or age requirements.

The program was launched to help the insured and underinsured afford their prescription medications, but can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is more and more common in health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-covered drugs. The Indiana Drug Card can also be used by individuals who do not qualify for publicly -funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare.

This program offers discounts of up to 75 percent on both brand name and generic medications, with an average savings of 30 percent. The card is accepted at more than 54,000 pharmacies across the country, and most pharmacies in Indiana. All cards are pre-activated and can be used immediately.

For more information or to print out your FREE card customized for your community, simply visit www.citiesandtowns.org or contact Natalie Meyer at (317) 650-7447.