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“Medicare and the Indiana Drug Card”

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Action Lines - Medicare and the Indiana Drug Card

Action Lines - Medicare and the Indiana Drug Card As more and more baby boomers are hitting the retirement age of 65, many things need to be evaluated and one of the major decisions a person should make when entering their senior years is their medical coverage options. For those approaching age 65, taking the time to review the types of coverage you have available to you and weighing the over-all financial impact of those options will help you and your spouse plan as you move into the next stage of your life. Many unexpected costs that arise during retirement are due to unexpected medical procedures and high price prescriptions.

Many people that are approaching their Medicare years are often under the misconception that Medicare is going to cover all medical expenses but unfortunately that is not true. Medicare does not cover all medical costs and the out-of-pocket expenses for medical care can still have sticker shock effect. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute???s October 2014 Executive Summary, ???In 2011 Medicare covered 62% of the cost of health care services for Medicare beneficiaries 65 and older, while out-of-pocket spending accounted for 13%, and private insurance covered 15%. Medicare was never designed to cover expenses in full.??

One part of Medicare that is often responsible for large out-of-pocket costs is prescriptions, especially when people fall in the donut hole. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) enrollees includes provisions to minimize the size of the donut hole but it did not eliminate it all together. According to this EBRI???s report, by 2020 those enrolled in Medicare will pay 25% of both name brand and generic prescription drugs when they are in the donut hole. In the future you could end up paying a greater percentage due to the financial restraints of Medicare and penny pinching efforts to employment-based retire health programs.

When planning for retirement, out-of-pocket medical expenses should be put into the budget. Costs for prescription costs alone can set some people back quite a bit. According to EBRI???s findings based on median drug prices if a man retired at age 65 in 2014 he ???would need $64,000 in savings and a woman would need $83,00 if each had a goal of having a 50% chance of having enough money saved to cover health expenses in retirement.?? The savings total for women is higher due to their longer life expectancy.

One free solution that the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns would like to remind their members about is the Indiana Drug Card. The Indiana Drug card is a free prescription assistance program available to all Hoosiers with no age or income requirements. Although many routine medications may be covered by Medicare, it is always worth shopping around to see if there is a better rate through a program like this. When an individual falls in their donut hole they can use this program to help offset the costs of high price prescriptions. To print a free card or check the price of your medication using the Indiana Drug Card, go to www.IndianaDrugCard.com. For questions call 1-888-4-IDNY-RX or email natalie@indianadrugcard.com


“The free Indiana Drug Card helps patients with the cost of high deductible plans”

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High deductible health insurance plans have grown in popularity with changes under the Affordable Care Act. These plans were designed to make health coverage more affordable and give more people access to health insurance.

However, high deductible plans have left many Americans struggling to pay for out-of-pocket costs not covered by their insurance. The situation has created a large population of underinsured Americans ??? individuals with insurance coverage whose out-of-pocket costs are too high to allow them to utilize their health benefits.

To ease some out-of-pocket costs and ensure patients are taking necessary medication, the ISMA reminds members that the Indiana Drug Card is available for Hoosiers with high deductible plans, those with no prescription drug coverage, or with prescriptions not covered under a medical insurance plan. The free card can save up to 75 percent off the retail price of prescriptions. The Indiana Drug Card is a completely confidential program and is HIPAA certified.

A recent article in Modern Healthcare noted ???Adults with total out-of-pocket costs that amounted to 10% or more of their income were considered underinsured.??

High costs are causing underinsured individuals to avoid going to the doctor, obtaining necessary medical testing or picking up essential medications from the pharmacy. Last year, 14 million Americans fell into the underinsured category, a number expected to increase.

Advise your patients they can print anIndiana Drug Card free here. For further questions about the program or to request a supply of cards and a holder for your medical office, contact Natalie Meyer, program director, at 1-888-4-INDY-RX or email her.


“Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Ad: Pharmacy Times (May 2016)”

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Pharmacy Times (May 2016)

A Children's Miracle Network Hospitals ad was featured in Pharmacy Times (May 2016 Issue). A donation will be made to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital each time a prescription is processed through the Rx Assistance Program.

Pharmacy Times (May 2016)


“Indiana Drug Card Regional Representative, Ramona Hamilton with Drew Autajay, Senior Corporate Gift Officer, Riley Children's Foundation ”

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“Give your patients the gift of prescription savings for 2015”

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You can begin today to offer your uninsured and underinsured patients up to 75 percent off the retail price for FDA-approved brand and generic prescription medications. As residents of Indiana, your patients have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program, started in 2009, called the Indiana Drug Card.

You can order free cards for your office, clinic or hospital and make them available even for patients who have health insurance coverage but with no prescription benefit, which is common with many health savings account and high deductible health plans. The Indiana Drug Card has saved Hoosiers more than $52 million since its inception five years ago.

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The free card is accepted at 56,000 pharmacies across the state including CVS/pharmacy, Kmart, Martin's, Meijer, Osco, Target, Walgreens and many more. You can create as many cards as you need for your patients. The cards are pre-activated and can be used immediately.

No personal information is required to join the program and there are no enrollment forms, eligibility requirements or restrictions of any kind. Average savings using the Indiana Drug Card is about 30 percent, though some may see savings as high as 75 percent, depending on the medication.

You can order a supply of the cards for your patients by contacting Natalie Meyer, program director.

Print your own cards for patients or refer them to print their own cards and learn more about the program on the Indiana Drug Card website.

Indiana Drug Card has chosen CVS as its preferred pharmacy option. That means your patients also can visit any CVS/pharmacy location in Indiana and ask the pharmacy to have their prescriptions processed through the Indiana Drug Card.

There is one more option. The Indiana Drug Card is available as an app for iPhone and Adroid. Search ???Free Rx iCard?? in the app store.


“Prescription assistance program helps patients afford their drugs”

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pdf ISMA Reports (October 2014)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that America outspends any other country on prescription drugs ??? $45 billion in out-of-pocket dollars last year alone. However, the Indiana Drug Card can help your patients who aren???t insured or who take prescription drugs not covered by a health insurance plan.

The Indiana Drug Card offers discounts of up to 75 percent off the retail price for FDA-approved prescription medications. Both brand and generic medications are eligible for a discount.

Indiana Drug Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. The program also can be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefit, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSAs) and high-deductible health plans.

The Indiana Drug Card program has chosen CVS as its preferred pharmacy so that residents who don???t have access to a computer to print a card can visit any CVS pharmacy to process their prescriptions through the program. Residents simply need to reference ???Indiana Drug Card.??

The program has helped save residents over $52 million since its inception in July 2009. The card is accepted at more than 56,000 participating regional and national pharmacies. Encourage your patients to print a free Indiana Drug Card here.

Indiana Drug Card is also available as an app for iPhone and Android by searching ???Free Rx iCard?? in the app store. If you are interested in ordering free cards for your clinic or hospital, email Natalie Meyer, program director.


“City of Jeffersonville works with Indiana Drug Card to help Hoosiers with prescription costs”

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The City of Jeffersonville has enrolled in a program helping Hoosiers with their prescription drugs.

The city has partnered with Indiana Drug Card to offer a discount prescription card to anyone living or working in Clark County. The cards are sponsored by drug companies and the participating pharmacies. There are more than 56,000 pharmacies accepting the cards nationwide.

The cards offer an average savings of 30 percent, but some prescriptions are discounted as much as 75 percent.

The cards can be printed out online at the City of Jeffersonville's website, or they can be picked up at City Hall and all five fire departments. You do not have to use your name on the card, just a telephone number. If you do have insurance, you cannot get a discount on medicines that your insurance covers, but you can use them for ones that are not covered.


“Free pharmacy discount card for Hoosiers”

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“Indiana Drug Card ad featured in Medical Group Management Association Newsletter (March 2017)”

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MGMA Newsletter (March 2017)

The Pulse is the official newsletter of the Indiana Medical Group Management Association. An Indiana Drug Card article and advertisement was featured in the March 2017 Indiana Medical Group Management Association Newsletter.

MGMA Newsletter (March 2017)


“New prescription drug card debuts in Indiana”

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Hoosiers with no health insurance got a little help Wednesday in the form of a new prescription card.

The Indiana Drug Card is a free statewide prescription program that gives people discounts on popular medications. All Indiana state residents are eligible to get a card, and there are no enrollment forms to fill out.

The people behind the card say this is the perfect time for a program like this.

"With the current condition of the economy, people are looking to save money any way that they can, and rightfully so," said David Simms, Indiana Drug Card's development director. "With the jobs being cut and people losing their insurance, this is a very important program that is hitting right at the right time."

Simms said cardholders will save an average of 30 percent on prescriptions.

The program is funded entirely through the support of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

To get a card, go to www.indianadrugcard.com.


“Indiana Drug Card Promises Savings For Many - Staying Healthy News Story”

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“City of Jeff drug card can save an average of 30% on prescription medications”

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(Jeffersonville, IN) – A prescription drug discount card unveiled by Mayor Tom Galligan this afternoon could save people living and working in Clark County an average of 30 percent on prescriptions if they lack drug coverage or require prescriptions not covered under their insurance plan.

According to a federal Government Accountability Office report released in March, prices for 100 common prescription drugs increased 6.6 percent annually between the first quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2010, compared to 3.8 percent annual increases in overall medical costs during the same period.

"There's been a lot of talk about medical costs in the United States during the past few years," said Galligan. "This is something simple we can offer - and at no cost to the city or the consumer - to help get discounts on prescriptions that people would otherwise pay full price for."

The City of Jeffersonville is providing prescription discount cards through Indiana Drug Card. While the average savings is about 30 percent, some medications receive discounts of up to 75 percent.

Cards can be obtained on the home page of the city's Web site www.cityofjeff.net or at the Sewer Billing Office on the first floor of City Hall at 500 Quartermaster Court. Cards will soon be available at all five of the city's fire stations, as well.

The discount cards are honored at more than 56,000 pharmacies nationwide. Pharmacies with local presences that accept the cards include CVS, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.

Galligan said, "This card is accepted at thousands of U.S. pharmacies. While it's not the same as health insurance, it can make prescriptions more affordable to people without insurance or those who need medications not covered by insurance.


“IN drug card saves money on prescriptions”

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(Indiana) – As the health care debate rages on, some programs are already in place to help ease the burden on consumers, including a new prescription payment plan.

According to a St. Mary's pharmacist, the average 30 day prescription for a name brand heartburn medication can run close to $40, and that's with insurance.

Without insurance, it costs $150.

That difference is why a group of pharmacies launched the Indiana drug card.

"With the economy the way it is, it's expensive," insurance holder Bryant Grigsby said.

Grigsby's wife just got out of surgery, so he's filling her prescription. Luckily, this time he won't have to pay for it, but Bryant admits this check-out brings back bad memories.

"It's usually $30 to $50 for anything, or actually more than that," Grigsby said.

Grigsby has some insurance. Think about the tens of thousands of un-insured Hoosiers paying twice that amount, and more.

A new statewide prescription assistance program is slashing prices, making sure these medications are affordable to everyone.

All residents have to do is register for a free Indiana drug card, then using this website, Hoosiers can find the pharmacy where the discount is offered, or compare prices from other pharmacies. This way, they'll get the best savings.

St. Mary's Apothecary Manager Joe Merkel said many of his customers are taking advantage of similar programs like this, but still for those who may not qualify, or find their medication at a good price, he recommended speaking with your doctor.

"There's a wide variety of drugs that can be prescribed for a minimal amount of cost if doctors were willing to maximize patients' medications to fit that list of medications so they'll have to pay as minimal as possible," Merkel said.


“Prescription Cards for Fishers Residents”

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Fishers Town Talk December 2011

pdf Fishers Town Talk (December 2011) page 6

Thanks to the Indiana Drug Card and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Fishers residents now have access to a free discount prescription drug card.

There are no membership restrictions, income requirements, age limitations or applications to fill out. Cardholders can see savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs and the card is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies across the country.

The free Fishers prescription drug card program was launched to help residents to afford their prescription drugs. This program can be utilized by any Fishers resident, regardless of their current insurance coverage. Those who are uninsured, underinsured or whose insurance does not include prescription benefits (this is common in many health savings accounts and high deductible health plans) can take advantage of this card for discounted costs on non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

To get your free discount prescription drug card visit one of the following locations: Fishers Town Hall, Fishers Police department reception desk and vehicles, Fishers Fire department reception desk and ambulances or the Fishers Train Station.

This opportunity is being funded through the participation of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies throughout the country.

For more information on the program contact Natalie Meyer, Program Coordinator, at Natalie@indrugcard.com or 888-446-3979.


“West Lafayette promotes free prescription discount card”

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West Lafayette city officials are distributing copies of a free prescription drug discount card available to all Hoosiers through a statewide assistance program.

Called the Indiana Drug Card, the program statewide has saved residents $5.8 million since its inception in 2009, according to the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. West Lafayette is distributing copies of the cards as part of the association's push to publicize the program, said Judy Rhodes, the city's clerk-treasurer. "We have so many students here in West Lafayette who don't have prescription coverage, or have very little coverage," Rhodes said. "This is going to be great for them." When presented to pharmacists, the drug card can save residents up to 75 percent on prescription medications, according to the state program's website. Average savings is about 30 percent. The card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies around the country, including at most major pharmacy chains, the website said. The card cannot be paired with a private insurance card for additional savings, Rhodes said. She said it is not costing the city any money to distribute the cards. In a statement, Mayor John Dennis praised the program as one that will help those in need. "This is a great opportunity for area residents to save on the rising costs of prescription drugs," Dennis said.

The free Indiana Drug Card is available at www.indianadrugcard.com. At that website, residents can input their name to generate their copy of the card. West Lafayette city officials also will distribute copies of the card, imprinted with the city's logo, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sagamore West Farmers Market. Officials also plan, Rhodes said, to post a link to the card on the city's website, www.westlafayette.in.gov. Or residents can obtain a card at the clerk-treasurer's office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 609 W. Navajo Street


“City gets prescription drug card for residents”

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(Crown Point) – Mayor David Uran announced last week the offering of a prescription drug card for all residents of the city through the Indiana Drug Card program and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

It is a free program that provides savings up to 75 percent on prescription drugs. The card can be used by people that have no prescription coverage, are uninsured or under-insured. This drug card an also be used by anyone with prescription coverage for non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

There are no restrictions to becoming a member based on the individual's income or age and no applications to fill out.

To get a card visit the city's web site at www.CrownPoint.in.gov and click on the Crown Point Rx Card link. For more information call the mayor's office at 662-3240.

While the Indiana Drug Card provides the Crown Point Rx Card, pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies are also funding it. Many pharmacies that are part of other stores and not exclusively pharmacies also honor the card and are listed on the back side of the card.


“Jeffersonville offers discount cards for prescriptions: Savings of up to 75 percent on some drugs possible.”

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(Jeffersonville) – Indiana residents are being offered a way to save money on their prescription drugs.

The savings are being offered in the form of a prescription drug card that averages a savings of 30 percent on medications and can equal up to a 75 percent discount, according to a press release from the city of Jeffersonville.

Discount cards come at no cost to residents, are not restricted by income and are applicable to those that already have prescription drug coverage through their health insurance.

If it sounds too good to be true, that's also what the city officials sponsoring the program thought.

"When she [an Indiana Association of Cities and Towns employee] first started telling me about it I said, 'OK there's a catch,'" said Suzy Bass, chief deputy in the Jeffersonville Clerk-Treasurer's office.

Bass brought the idea to the city after it was presented through the state organization.

Edward Culpepper "Pepper" Cooper, Jeffersonville's health insurance agent-of-record with Maverick Insurance, said the card also provides a benefit for those who may have a health savings account. He said until a person reaches his or her deductible amount, they pay 100 percent of the prescription costs.

"It's not just for the people that don't have insurance," he said. "It's become very, very good for people that have high deductible plans."

Mayor Tom Galligan said the prescription drug program will provide a dual benefit.

"A lot of people just can't afford [prescription drugs]," he said. "And what this is trying to do is help make them afford it and also it helps the drug companies sell more product."

"If you look at, when you talk to businesses, everybody's cutting back," he said. "Drugs are no different. Some people just can't afford them and they're cutting back. And this is a way for them to continue to use the necessary medication."

Although Galligan said it is a marketing tool for drug companies to continue selling medicine, it is also providing necessary prescriptions to patients, at a lower cost.

"I commend them for doing it," he said.

One of the hurdles for the prescription drug card program has been getting the cards to the people that need them. Cooper said Maverick Insurance is planning to include an insert sheet in the next Jeffersonville newsletter with discount cards. The city's next newsletter is scheduled to be distributed some time in October.

But local residents won't have to wait to pick up a card. Discount cards are available at the mayor's office, all of Jeffersonville's fire stations and at the city's sewer department billing office. They also can be printed from the website CityofJeff.net.

Additionally, the cards are not being restricted to Jeffersonville residents.

"It's for anybody in the state," Bass said.

Cooper said he plans to take the same program to Clarksville and New Albany - where he is also the agent of record - so they can distribute the cards.

One caveat is that each individual will need a separate discount card.

"We think these are a great tool to help our citizens in times that are pretty tough right now," Galligan said.


“Prescription drug card available to Clark residents.”

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(Jeffersonville) – Indiana residents are being offered a way to save money on their prescription drugs.

Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan announced Tuesday that a prescription drug card that can reduce consumer costs at many pharmacies is available to Clark County residents at City Hall and other locations in Jeffersonville.

"This is something simple we can offer at no cost to the city or the consumer" to help lower medical costs for the public, Galligan said.

The discount program is provided in Indiana through the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Jeffersonville insurance agent Edward Culpepper "Pepper" Cooper said at a press conference at Jeffersonville City Hall.

It often provides discounts of 30 percent off retail costs for prescription drugs at participating pharmacies, including CVS, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens, Walmart and others, the city said in a press release.

Cooper said it can benefit residents who don't have insurance and those with high-deductible insurance, since it can reduce their out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines. It won't be of much use for those who have health insurance that includes good prescription drug benefits, Cooper said.

The cards are accepted at about 56,000 pharmacies across the county, the city said.

In the next few weeks, Jeffersonville will mail a newsletter to its residents that will include a page with the discount card printed on it, as well as an explanation, Cooper said. The postage -- about $3,600 -- will be paid by the Neace Lukens Maverick Insurance Agency, for which Cooper works.

The card simply requires a name and a phone number to be written on it, and when presented at a participating pharmacy, a discount will be offered.

The card says that the program is not insurance but simply a "point-of-sale discount plan" in which participating pharmacies offer certain discounts, which the pharmacies determine themselves.

"It's a win-win situation," Galligan said, explaining that the discount program saves consumers money at no cost to the city or state and helps the participating pharmacies' marketing.

The cards are available on the Jeffersonville website, www.cityofjeff.net, at the sewer billing office in City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court, and they soon will be at the city's five fire stations. They are available to all Clark County residents.


“Free Prescription Drug Card Offered to Fishers Area Residents”

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(Fishers, IN) – The town of Fishers issued the following news release:

Residents of Fishers and the surrounding area now have access to a free discount prescription drug card. The Fishers Rx Card is being offered to all residents compliments of the Indiana Drug Card and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. The free drug card provides savings up to 75% on prescription drugs, and is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies across the country. This program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, and there are no applications to fill out.

The Fishers Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications; however, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. Residents of Fishers can obtain one of these cards by visiting the locations listed below or by printing the attached documents.

  • Town Hall
  • Fishers Police department reception and vehicles
  • Fishers Fire department reception and ambulances
  • Fishers Train Station

Fishers Rx Card, compliments of the Indiana Drug Card is being funded through the participation of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT), is working with the program to create awareness. "We encourage all residents to take advantage of the opportunity to help offset the rising costs of prescription drugs purchased in Indiana," said IACT Executive Director Matthew C. Greller. "The Indiana Drug Card is open to all residents and everyone should be able to benefit from this program at some point."

For more information:
Natalie Meyer, Program Coordinator
E-MAIL: Natalie@indrugcard.com
PHONE: 888-446-3979 (888-4-INDYRX)


“The Town of Chesterton to Provide Prescription Assistance Cards”

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(Chesterton) – Residents of Chesterton and the surrounding area now have access to a free discount prescription drug card. The Chesterton Rx Card is being offered to all residents compliments of the Indiana Drug Card and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

The free drug card provides savings up to 75% on prescription drugs, and is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies across the country. This program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, and there are no applications to fill out.

The Chesterton Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications; however, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. Residents of Chesterton can obtain one of these cards by visiting www.chestertonin.org and clicking on the Chesterton Rx Card link. People who are unable to access the internet may obtain a card by visiting the following places:

  • Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, 220 Broadway
  • Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway
  • Chesterton Municipal Complex, 1490 Broadway

Chesterton Rx Card, compliments of the Indiana Drug Card is being funded through the participation of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT), is working with the program to create awareness.

"We encourage all residents to take advantage of the opportunity to help offset the rising costs of prescription drugs purchased in Indiana," said IACT Executive Director Matthew C. Greller. "The Indiana Drug Card is open to all residents and everyone should be able to benefit from this program at some point."

For more information, contact Natalie Meyer, Program Coordinator, Natalie@indrugcard.com,

or phone 888-446-3979 (888-4-INDYRX)


“Free Rx card can save folks up to 75 percent on prescriptions”

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Dunelanders now have access to a free discount prescription drug card, the Chesterton Town Manager's Office announced in a statement released on Thursday.

The Chesterton Rx Card is being offered to all residents compliments of the Indiana Drug Card and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT). The free drug card provides savings up to 75 perccent on prescription drugs and is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies across the country.

This program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, and there are no applications to fill out.

"The Chesterton Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications," the statement said. "However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs."

Folks can obtain one of these cards by visiting www.chestertonin.org and clicking on the "Chesterton Rx Card" link. People who are unable to access the internet may obtain a card at the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, 220 Broadway; Chesterton Town Hall, 726 Broadway; or the Chesterton Municipal Complex, 1490 Broadway.

The Chesterton Rx Card, compliments of the Indiana Drug Card is being funded through the participation of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

"We encourage all residents to take advantage of the opportunity to help offset the rising costs of prescription drugs purchased in Indiana," said IACT Executive Director Matthew C. Greller. "The Indiana Drug Card is open to all residents and everyone should be able to benefit from this program at some point."


“Town of Brownsburg offers free discount drug card”

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Brownsburg residents may now get a pharmacy discount card from the Town of Brownsburg. The Indiana Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program to help uninsured and under-insured residents afford medications.

The discount card can be used at major drug stores nationwide. Savings on prescriptions average 30 percent with the card, but can be as high as 75 percent. All Indiana residents are eligible for the program, which can also help part-time workers who don't qualify for benefits and insured people who have high deductibles or prescriptions that are not covered by insurance.

Free pre-activated cards are available in the Town Hall lobby. There are no forms to fill out and the program does not have age or income restrictions. Simply stop by Town Hall at 61 N. Green Street to pick up the card and ask the pharmacy to process your prescription through the Indiana Drug Card to begin enjoying the savings. Each family member must have their own individual card.

The Indiana Drug Card has an open formulary, which means that all drugs are included. A complete list of the prescriptions and the discounted price can be found at www.indianadrugcard.com. Click the "medication pricing" link. Residents can also download and print discount cards online at www.indianadrugcard.com.


“IACT endorses Indiana Drug Card”

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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.


“Crown Point finding ways to cut health care costs”

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(Crown Point) – Health and workers compensation insurance costs for the city are on the decline, bucking national trends of climbing rates.

During a special meeting Thursday the Board of Works and Public Safety approved 2012 contracts for both insurances representing a 15 percent decrease in health care insurance costs and an 11 percent decrease in workers compensation costs.

"The trend is at a 14 percent increase (for health insurance). You guys have decreased instead of increased," said Dana Culpepper Cooper of Maverick Insurance, the city's agent.

She said the company looked at four different carriers for the city and ended up staying with the current provider which offered the best rates. The city, which is partially self-insured, was able to reduce its maximum exposure to claims by $728,000.

Kelly Zullo of Neace Lukens, which represents the city for workers compensation, said the same trends hold true for workers compensation insurance.

City initiatives such as the creation of a safety committee and manual and implementation of a return to work police policy have helped the city shave on insurance costs.

"We continue to see a significant improvement year over year," she said.

In a separate move officials also announced a new prescription drug benefit card available at no cost to all city employees and Crown Point residents.

Mayor David Uran said the city has partnered with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and the Indiana Drug Card to offer a free discount prescription drug card to residents of the city and surrounding area.

Beginning Friday residents will be able to log onto the city's website and apply for the card.

There are no restrictions to membership. Discounts of up to 75 percent are available on medications for the uninsured or underinsured.


“Indiana State Medical Association Supports Indiana Drug Card”

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Patients can't afford their meds? Direct them to these resources:

If you have patients who are non-compliant because they can't afford their prescriptions, you can help by alerting them to these sources for low and no cost medications.

Both uninsured and underinsured patients can take advantage of the Indiana Drug Card. The free program allows Indiana residents to receive pharmacy discounts averaging 30-35 percent on both brand and generic medications. The card is pre-activated, so it is ready to use and is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies around the country.

Patients do not have to meet any age or income requirements or complete enrollment forms. The card can be obtained by calling (888) 446-3979 or downloaded on this site.


“Indiana Drug Card - FREE”

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Indianapolis Medical Society Bulletin Cover June 2012 Indianapolis Medical Society Bulletin (June 2012)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

The cards are FREE to all Indiana residents.

There are no enrollment forms, no restrictions, no age or income requirements, no waiting periods, no eligibility required, no exclusions, covers pre-existing conditions, no claim forms to file, no annual or lifetime limits, includes discounts on brand and generic medications, open formulary so that brand and generic medications are eligible for discounts.

This program has a "LOWEST PRICE" feature that provides cardholders the lowest plan price on prescriptions at participating pharmacies (Medication Pricing/Discounts are calculated on the plan's lowest negotiated contract price and the pharmacy's "usual and customary" price).

This Program can be used by people who have Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), High Deductible Plans, and Medicare Part D.

The program can be used as a standalone benefit or to get discounts on non-covered drugs.

All Indiana residents are eligible to participate in this program.

To optain a FREE card access www.IndianaDrugCard.com 24 hours a day and download as many cards as needed.

If patients do not have access to a computer, patients can walk into ANY CVS to receive the discount through the Indiana Drug Card program


“CHC Digest - Indiana Drug Card”

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IPHCA CHC Digest, Issue 32

The Indiana Drug Card is the official statewide free prescription assistance program available to all residents within the state of Indiana. It was created in 2009 to help the uninsured and under-insured with the cost of necessary medication and can be used by those with insurance coverage to help with the cost for any uncovered medications. This program can also be used as a Medicare Part D supplement by providing discounts on non-covered drugs and covering those in the donut hole.

It is reported by the Indiana Drug Card Program that the average cost savings is 30%-35% with some medications covered up to 75%. There are no enrollment forms or requirements to be eligible for this program. If you feel this card would be beneficial to your patients and you would like to display them in your facility you can contact Natalie Meyer at Natalie@indrugcard.com or (317) 650-7447 for more information.

Further details of the program can be found here and here.


“L'burg Offers Free Prescription Discount Card”

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(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Residents of the City of Lawrenceburg can save some money on their prescriptions thanks to the City.

Mayor Dennis Carr says residents of the city and surrounding area can get the Lawrenceburg Rx Card compliments of the Indiana Drug Card and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.

The program is only available to uninsured people or those who have health insurance with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high-deductible health plans.

Residents can get the card at Lawrenceburg City Hall, the Dearborn Adult Center, or the Lawrenceburg Community Center. More information is available at www.lawrenceburg-in.com and clicking on the "Lawrenceburg RX Card" link.


“City helps with Prescriptions”

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City Helps With Prescriptions

Kokomo residents who have trouble finding money in their budget for their prescription medications will be relieved to hear that the city has found a solution that could help. Residents of Kokomo and the surrounding areas now have access to a free discount prescription drug card.

The Kokomo Rx Card - and the offshoot of the popular Indiana Drug Card - is now available.

In conjunction with the Indiana Association of cities and towns, the city is providing the free drug card, which can result in savings up to 75 percent on prescription drugs, and is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies across the country.

The Kokomo Rx Card and Indiana Drug Card have named CVS Pharmacy as their preferred pharmacy, but card holders may use any of the participating service providers. There are no restrictions to membership for the Kokomo Rx Card, no income requirements, no age limitations, and no applications to fill out and anyone can use the card.

The Kokomo Rx Card was launched to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. But the card can be used by anyone, including residents who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductable health plans.

Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

The Kokomo Rx Card can be obtained by visiting www.cityofkokomo.org and clicking on the Kokomo Rx Card link. People who are unable at access the internet may obtain a card by visiting the following places:

City Hall at the Welcome Center in the main lobby
City Line Trolley Dispatcher Center
Kokomo Senior Citizens Center
Gilead House
The Center Township Trustee's Office

The Kokomo Rx Card and the Indiana Drug Card are funded through the participating of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT), is working with the program to create awareness:

"We encourage all residents to take advantage of the opportunity to help offset the rising costs of prescription drugs purchased in Indiana," said IACT Executive Director Matthew C. Greller. "The Indiana Drug Card is open to all residents and everyone should be able to benefit from this program at some point."

The City of Frankfort


“City Officials Offering Discount Prescription Drug Cards to Residents”

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(Frankfort, Ind.) – Wanting to help residents offset the rising cost of prescription drugs, Frankfort City officials are offering prescription assistance cards free of charge to area citizens. Providing a savings up to 75 percent on prescription drugs, the Frankfort RX Card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country, including CVS.

According to Frankfort City Councilor Josh Uitts, the program is a meaningful way for the City to give back to its citizens with no restrictions on membership, income or age and no applications to complete. Most brand name and generic medications are included, with an average savings of 30 percent.

"Working with the Indiana Drug Card Program and the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, we are launching this program specifically to help our uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications, but everyone in the City is eligible to participate.

"The state of the economy combined with ever increasing prescription costs makes it very difficult for many individuals and families to obtain necessary medications to become and remain healthy. While this program was started to help those most in need, it also is open to those with health insurance coverage who have no prescription benefits which is common with many health savings accounts, those with high deductible health plans and Medicare Part D," Uitts said.

Those with prescription coverage can use the Frankfort RX Card to save on non-formulary or non-covered drugs.

The prescription assistance cards can be obtained on the home page of the City's Web site: http://frankfort-in.gov and through the City Forms page by clicking on the Indiana Drug Card button. Cards also are available in Mayor Chris McBarnes' office or Clerk-Treasurer Judy Suter's office in Old Stoney at 301 East Clinton Street, Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or the Frankfort Utility Billing Office at 16 North Main Street, Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

"We encourage everyone who is interested to visit our Web site or stop by Old Stoney or the Utility Billing office to pick up a card. With the constant changes in our health care system, it's hard to know when a prescription will not be covered by insurance. With this free card, residents can save money while being able to purchase needed medications," Uitts said.

In addition to discounted prescriptions, the program offers other discounts on teeth whitening supplies, prescription eye glasses, hearing aids and diabetic supplies. The Frankfort RX Card is compliments of the Indiana Drug Card funded through the participation of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.


“Drug Discount Program Offered”

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Drug Discount Program Offered

By DANETTE M. WATT
For the HJ

There's a little-known discount drug card program the Monticello mayor's office wants you to know about. The Prescription Assistance Program offers an average of 30 percent discount on prescription drug costs - at pharmacies large and small.

Chris McWhirter, Mayor Ken Houston's assistant, heard about the program at a conference he attended this spring.

"I thought it would be great to offer our citizens. It seemed like a really good deal," he said. "A lot of people might think it's for the uninsured, but anyone can use it."

About 68 cities in Indiana offer the card program, which launched in July 2009.

There are similar programs in each state, and the card can be used at any of the 56,000 national and regional pharmacies around the country.

"So many people are struggling to pay for their medicines," said Natalie Meyer, program coordinator for Indiana. "Some of the stories are really hard to hear. It's nice to know there's help."

Meyer said the program is not just for the uninsured or underinsured. New employees waiting for benefits to kick in, and those with high deductibles could also benefit.

The program's parent company, United Networks of America based in Baton Rouge, La., initiated the program in part to encourage people to visit their local pharmacies, rather than buy medicines online, Meyer said.

"There are reasons for shopping locally. First, it keeps pharmacists employed and supports local businesses. But also, your pharmacist can warn you if two drugs won't interact well, and give you other advice about your drugs. And you know where the drugs are coming from (unlike buying online)," she said. "It's very community oriented."

To use the card, people need to fill in and print a card from the site's homepage, www.indianadrugcard.com. There's also an app for mobile devices.

Meyer said all information is confidential.

"The only person who will see your information is the pharmacist, and he's going to have it anyway," she said.

The program may not benefit everyone, said McWhirter, but, "they can take the card along with their insurance card to find out which gives them the better deal."

Meyer said some savings might be, "just $2 but it all adds up. If you saw $2 on the ground, wouldn't you pick it up?"

Not all pharmacies charge the same price for the same drug, so it pays to shop around, Meyer said. Indiana's website has a medication pricing page. Type the drug name and your ZIP code, and the website will offer a list of pharmacies and an estimate of the cost for that particular drug.

"There's been about $32 million saved so far," Meyer said.

Meyer encourages people to call her if they need help with the program, or if they have questions.

One can call 317-650-7447 or email her at Natalie@indianadrugcard.com.