County joins prescription program

August 24th, 2013

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County residents soon could save an average of 45 percent on the cost of their prescription drugs through an agreement the county has reached with ProAct Inc., a Syracuse, N.Y.-based pharmacy benefit management company.

The Madison County ProAct Prescription Drug Discount Card program helps county residents save money on prescription medications that are not covered by insurance. The cards can be used by all county residents regardless of age, income of existing health coverage. The program is free of charge, and there are no enrollment forms, membership fees or restrictions on how frequently the cards are used.

Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan announced the agreement at Wednesday’s meeting of the County Board.

“The Madison County ProAct card is not a replacement for health insurance, but it is a significant benefit that helps make prescription drugs that are not covered by insurance more affordable for residents,” he said.

“The program is another proactive effort by Madison County government to help county residents,” Dunstan said. “This program, combined with the numerous programs administered and implemented by Madison County Community Development, go a long way in helping residents who are uninsured or under-served.”

ProAct is in the process of mailing the prescription discount cards to every household in Madison County. The card also can be downloaded via the Internet at

“The program is completely free of charge,” Dunstan said. “The card covers name-brand and generic prescriptions, as well as vision and hearing programs, dental services and pet medications that can be filled at participating pharmacies.”

Annette Schoeberle, Madison County director of Safety and Risk Management, stressed the Madison County Prescription Discount Card is free and easy to use.

“The cards are completely free,” she said. “A cardholder will simply present the card at a participating pharmacy. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee, and no restrictions or limits on how often the card is used.”

“County residents can use the card anytime their prescriptions are not covered by insurance,” Schoeberle said. “Importantly, the card can also be used by residents who have health insurance coverage without or with limited prescription drug benefits.”

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