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St. Clair County First In Illinois To Offer Prescription Discount Program

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) –  In an effort to reduce the cost of prescription medication for county residents, St. Clair County officials announced Tuesday that they’ve joined forces with ProAct Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company, to offer a new prescription drug discount program.

“We routinely hear about people who are forced to make the choice between medication and food because they simply can’t afford both,” said St. Clair County board chairman Mark Kern during a brief press conference at the government center in Belleville. “Through this new discount program, we can help to make prescription drugs more affordable for all residents of St. Clair County, but it will be of particular benefit to our underserved and uninsured populations.”

Beginning this week, ProAct is mailing prescription cards to every household in St. Clair County.

The pre-approved card covers all prescription medications, name brand or generic.

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This is the card that's showing up in mailboxes throughout St. Clair County this week which allow the recipient to get discounts on generic and name brand medicine at participating pharmacies.

Karin Eckdahl with ProAct said they want to make sure that recipients don’t simply throw away the card when it arrives in the mail this week, adding that real savings can be realized.

“There is no catch, it’s a really awesome program for those who are falling between the cracks and don’t have any coverage,” Eckdahl explained. “They can take the discount card into one of our participating pharmacies and receive their medication at a discounted rate.”

She added that 55 pharmacies throughout the county are signed up for the program, with only a couple not yet on board.

“We’ve been collaborating with ProAct for several months to bring this benefit to the people of St. Clair County,” noted Kern. “We urge all county residents to keep an eye out for their card in this week’s mail and to put it straight into their wallets so they have it when it’s needed.”

For more information, including a listing of participating pharmacies, ProAct can be reached toll-free at (877) 776-2285 or by visiting www.ProActRxSavings.com.

Those who somehow miss out on the hard copy in their mail can pick one up at the St. Clair County Board Office or the County Health Department.

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