By Sherry Koonce
The News staff writer
Patrina Rosemore had the unfortunate experience of going to the hospital recently for treatment. When discharged, she was given a prescription for an antibiotic, but couldn’t afford to fill it once she got home.
Zarquetta Louvere’s arthritis has been acting up lately —especially when the weather changes. On such occasions she takes medicine to ease the pain in her joints, but worries how much longer she’ll be able to afford to.
The Port Arthur residents are hoping a new prescription drug program soon to be available in the city will make the cost of medicine more affordable.
“I think it will help because a lot of people don’t have money to get their prescriptions filled,” Rosemore, a 23-year single mother, said.
Sponsored by the National League of Cities in collaboration with CVS Caremark, the NLC Prescription Discount Card program is designed to assist the uninsured and underinsured with their medicinal needs —offering savings of as much as 20 percent.
“These prescriptions have gotten to be extremely expensive. We have a lot of people in the city who are not insured, or underinsured. This program will give them the opportunity to save on the high cost of drugs,” Deloris “Bobbie” Prince, said.
The program will become operational toward the end of May. At that time, Port Arthur residents may request from the city prescription drug cards. The cards will be embossed with the city’s logo.
The National League of Cities will send prescription cards to the city, starting with an initial group of 5,700, or 10 percent of the city’s population. If all of those are used, NLC will make additional cards available, Prince said.
Anyone can get a card, though the program may not benefit those who are well insured. Others can see savings of up to 20 percent on their prescriptions.
“I think this will help. i spend up to $180 a month on prescriptions. I have arthritis bad,” Louvere said.
All family members are eligible to use the card anytime a prescription is not covered by insurance.
Best of all, the program is of no cost to the city’s residents, or the city of Port Arthur, Prince said.
Participants in the program will be able to fill their prescriptions at a number of local pharmacies. A list of participating pharmacies will be made available before the program begins.
Prince said the city will announce in The Port Arthur News when the program will begin once the date becomes available.
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