On Wednesday, the San Miguel Board of County Commissioners unveiled a free prescription discount card, made available by a joint effort from San Miguel County and the National Association of Counties, of which SMC is a member.
“We are really excited because it is a free program that is available to anyone in the county,” Commissioner Art Goodtimes said in a press conference on Wednesday. “It allows people to get up to a 5 to 20 percent discount on medications. This card is good for anybody, including people who don’t have insurance.”
The prescription discount card can be used at participating pharmacies, including the Sunshine Pharmacy in Telluride, the Apothecary Shoppe in Nucla, and with Safeway, City Market and Wal-Mart in Montrose. There are no restrictions on how many times someone may use the card.
The discount cards are available at the county’s social services office, Miramonte office, the Telluride Medical Center, and at Sunshine Pharmacy.
According to Goodtimes, several other counties in Colorado participate in the program and recommended it to San Miguel County.
“This is a new thing,” Goodtimes said. “I think Archuleta County has done it and so has Garfield County. Both recommended it to us and we recommend that other counties go forward with it as well. It is a great opportunity and is offered on a national level and we are happy to be participating in it. I really want to thank [county administrator] Nina [Kothe] for the work in terms of making this happen.”
In a way, the card will also save taxpayer money, as all inmates currently incarcerated in the San Miguel County jail will be provided a discount card, which will “wind up saving the county money as well.”
Visit caremark.com/naco to look up a participating pharmacy, a price estimate for prescriptions, drug interactions, and news articles from leading health journals, or call 887/321-2652. Cards are also available in Spanish.