Towns Offer Free Prescription Discount Cards

All residents of Branford and North Branford will soon be eligible for a free prescription discount program using a discount card that will be accepted at area pharmacies. The program is expected to be rolled out sometime in February, at no cost to taxpayers.

The CCM Prescription Drug Discount card will be made available thanks to agreements approved separately by town leaders in Branford and North Branford in January. The program is offered by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). Branford and North Branford are among 144 municipalities belonging to CCM, which began offering the prescription discount card program at no cost to member towns in July 2012.

The program is primarily meant to help those without health insurance or those who don't have prescription drug coverage. However, residents with coverage can use the card to reduce the cost of a prescription drug not covered by their current health insurance. The card can't be used to discount prescription co-payments or deductible charges.

The discount program is managed for CCM by ProAct Inc., a pharmacy benefit company. ProAct negotiates discounts directly with participating pharmacies. CCM Prescription Drug Discount cards are accepted at all national chain pharmacies as well as most local independent pharmacies. Users will average a savings of 24 to 45 percent off prescription retail drug prices.

Branford's Board of Selectmen voted to approve the program for all Branford residents at its Jan. 16 meeting. The North Branford Town Council voted on Jan. 8 to approve the program for all North Branford/Northford residents.

Once enrollment becomes available, residents will be able to request a printed card or download it electronically.

One card works for the entire family, and cards are pre-activated and ready for immediate use. There is no pre-registration or membership fee required.

"It's really designed to cover people who are under-insured or have no insurance, but it's available to all residents of the town and it doesn't matter what your income is. We had our attorneys look it over and check with other towns; there's no downside." said Branford First Selectman Anthony "Unk" DaRos at the Jan. 16 BOS meeting.

Branford Second Selectman Andy Campbell said Branford anticipates putting enrollment information up on the town website and that printed information will also be distributed at sites including Town Hall and town libraries.

North Branford Town Manager Bonnie Therrien said she anticipates a mailing going to all residents of North Branford in the month of February to notify of the enrollment opportunity.

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