Drug program to benefit St. Agatha residents

Posted Nov. 12, 2008, at 10:22 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 5:54 a.m.

ST. AGATHA, Maine — A partnership with an organization that serves as an advocate for more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages is set to pay big dividends for St. Agatha residents.

During a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday evening, the board voted to partner with the National League of Cities to offer St. Agatha residents a Prescription Discount Card program.

The NLC has launched this program for member communities to help residents cope with the high cost of prescription drugs. The program is for residents who are without health insurance or a traditional pharmacy benefit plan, or have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The NLC Prescription Discount Card program, in collaboration with CVS Caremark, can save an average of 20 percent off the full retail cost of prescription medication.

“This [will be] the first year we have participated in this, and I believe we are the first in Maine to offer the Prescription Discount Card program,” Town Manager Ryan Pelletier said Wednesday.

“The cost is covered through our membership with NLC,” said Pelletier.

The municipality paid less than $500 for a two-year membership to the organization, according to Pelletier.

Pelletier said he read about the program in the NLC newsletter and felt it would be a good fit for the town.

“This is something that does not cost a lot but is going to have huge benefits for people in our community,” he said Thursday. “The selectmen are concerned about this issue and helping people be able to afford their medications.”

Pelletier also said he felt that news of the partnership and its benefits would encourage more Maine towns and cities to join the NLC.

“It is open to any municipality, and you can see some of the benefits it offers in this program,” he said.

Residents can print a discount card themselves by going online to www2.caremark.com/nlc. Pelletier said that when residents sign up online, the town would be sent a list of those who did so, and the town will help the organization verify the information.

Pelletier also encouraged people to visit the St. Agatha town office, where town officials can help with filling out the paperwork and have the cards sent to them.

Residents can use the card at their local pharmacy or sign up for mail order service directly.

According to its Web site, the National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization devoted to strengthening and promoting communities 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.For more information or to sign up for the program, interested individuals should contact Pelletier at 543-7305 or by e-mail at ryanpelletier@roadrunner.com.

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