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Prescription Drug Discount Program Unveiled

December 20th, 2007 by flanews

About 4 million Floridians without prescription drug coverage now have an alternative.  No state dollars are being used for a new program unveiled today by Governor Charlie Crist.  As Chris Casquejo explains, people over 60 without prescription coverage, those who fall through the Medicare coverage gap, and working families stand to benefit.

Hear it here: Prescription Drug Discount Program Unveiled

The new program will offer discounted prescription drugs to Floridians over 60 without coverage.  It will also help seniors in the so-called Medicare donut hole, where prescription costs aren’t covered between $2,200 and $5,100.

“I am in the donut hole right now,” said 85-year-old Mabel Huffman.  “I am paying full price for my prescription drugs.”

To find out if you are eligible, go the website FloridaDiscountDrugCard.com.
There, you’ll also find information about which drugs are covered.

The savings will also be available to those under 60 if their income is below roughly $30,000 a year.  The governor’s office says a family of four would qualify with an income less than $63,000.

“Those working families are usually not in jobs where they offer prescription drug coverage,” said Chris Kise, counselor to the governor.  “So this is intended to fill that gap.”

No state dollars will fund the program.  But the program’s manager, Envision Pharmaceutical Services earns $1.50 for each prescription filled.  Governor Charlie Crist now turns his health-care focus to Florida’s 4 million people without insurance.

“It is just one piece of the puzzle,” Gov. Crist said.  “And it is the first piece.”

The governor says he’ll unveil a plan to help Florida’s uninsured during the first couple of months of the New Year.

Enrollment is also open by phone at 1-866-341-8894.

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