City Launches Prescription Discount Card Program

By Laura Pearson | Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th) introduces the Prescription Discount Card Program in a press conference at City Hall. Photo by Scott Hardesty.

Yesterday the City of Chicago introduced a free discount card, available to all residents, to help offset the high cost of prescription medications. Sponsored by the National League of Cities and administered by CVS Caremark, the card offers an average of 20 percent savings and can be used by those who don’t have insurance or who need a prescription not covered by insurance.

More than 400 cities already participate in the Prescription Discount Card Program, and since it launched in January 2009, it has helped residents in these cities save more than $3 million on the cost of prescription meds.

In an official statement, Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th), who helped bring the program to Chicago, said, “Making the choice for the City to participate in this program was an easy decision. I believe that the City Council should do everything in our means to make access to health care easier for Chicagoans.”

The discount cards are available at City Hall and in all Ward offices. There’s also a printable version online.

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