In the current economic climate, where people are watching their spending, the City of Miami Beach launches a program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs. The city is making free prescription discount cards available to city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer city residents average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed medications. The discount cards may be used by all residents of Miami Beach and has no restrictions based on the resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage.
The discount card benefits not only those without insurance, but can also be used by underinsured residents to obtain prescriptions that are excluded from health benefit plans. The NLC card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at pharmacies around the city, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country. “Miami Beach is happy to partner with the National League of Cities to make this prescription discount card available for our residents,” said Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower.
“Whether or not an individual has prescription coverage, this program can make it easier for our residents to afford the medications they need to deal with a short-term illness or stay healthy by managing a chronic condition.” Cards can be printed from the Internet at caremark.com/nlc and are available at City Hall and numerous public and non-profit facilities at no cost to city residents.
City residents can visit caremark.com/nlc to access program tools or call toll-free 1.888.620.1749 for assistance with the program. “Not only does the NLC prescription discount card help residents save money on their medications, it is easy to use,” said Miami Beach Community Services Director Maria Ruiz. “Miami Beach residents only have to show their card when purchasing medication at one of the many participating pharmacies. There is no enrollment form required to get a card, no membership fee of any kind and city residents and their family members can use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.” The discount card program is administered by CVS Caremark.