To assist the thousands of uninsured and underinsured Connecticut residents, a statewide association of cities and towns has developed a new free prescription drug discount program, one that Middletown is taking part in it.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, a consortium of 30 towns and cities across the state, is now providing discount cards that will allow those without proper insurance to save money on prescription medicines.
The program is only available to CCM members, including Middletown.
The card will be titled the “City of Middletown Prescription Drug Discount Card," will be sent to every Middletown resident by direct mail and can be used by all town residents. Age, income or existing health coverage are not factors in these cards and there are no enrollment forms, membership fees or restrictions, the city said.
“It is a clear win for our town,” Mayor Dan Drew said in a news release. “This is a great solution to a pressing issues that will positively impact needy residents across Middletown.”
There are over 360,000 people — or 10 percent of Connecticut — who are currently uninsured, and another 800,000 underinsured, the city said in a press release.
The city said the new card will provide “immediate fiscal relief” at the pharmacy counter for the uninsured and under insured and will offer the following features and benefits:
- Anyone can participate regardless of age or income
- All prescription medications are covered including pet prescriptions that can be filled at a pharmacy
- There is no cost to the municipality or to participating residents
- Cost savings average 45 percent
- There are over 63,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Stop & Shop and Big Y as well as independent pharmacies.
- Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, hearing and Lasik services.
Cards can also be printed by visiting www.CTRxDiscountCard.com and selecting “Middletown” from the drop-down menu.