June 30, 2009
OPELIKA, Ala. (WTVM) - U.S. lawmakers aren't the only ones talking healthcare. Local lawmakers in Lee County are also concerned about prescription drug costs.
Lee County Commissioners voted to implement a prescription drug program that will cut costs on some drugs by almost a third. The monthly cost for prescription drugs can add up quick. "We have some clients that have to choose whether they're going to eat or take their medication, whether their going to pay their utility bills," Jason Causey, Lee-Russell Council of Governments said.
Those individuals in Lee County will soon be able to use a discount prescription drug card that can save them up to 27% on some medications. The Lee-Russell Council of Government is overseeing the program. And they hope to have everything in place by October 1st.
"What they wanted us to do is to be able to reach every citizen in Lee County, not only in the unincorporated areas but also the cities," said Suzanne Burnette, Lee-Russell Council of Governments.
Anyone is eligible. Even people who already have insurance can use the card. "What you need to do is take both cards to the pharmacy, let them see which one you're going to benefit the most from. If its going to be your insurance card or the drug card," Causey said.
"Any type of discount card or discount of any kind that would help people with their drugs would be very helpful, whether they have insurance or don't have insurance," a Walgreens pharmacy customer said.
The county commission is implementing the plan in hopes of helping local citizens through this tight economy. "Yes anything that can help you in this bad economy. You need all the help you can get. If you go buy some drugs and you pay $84 dollars, and you can cut 27% off the cost of that, that's great," Larry Jones, a Walgreens customer said.