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Counties Mark Millionth Prescription

A discount prescription drug program sponsored by 30 New York counties has enabled New Yorkers to fill one million discounted prescriptions—for a total savings of $22.6 million.“Prescription drug costs are high, and for some New Yorkers who have chronic conditions, those costs can take a big chunk out of the family budget. This discount program enables New Yorkers to fill prescriptions they may have otherwise delayed—keeping them in good health and saving them some money at the same time,” said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, president of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).NYSAC has partnered with ProAct to offer participating counties a way to provide a range of health benefits to their residents. ProAct cardholders who don’t have health insurance or who have inadequate prescription coverage can get lower cost drugs. There are currently 30 counties participating in the program, with millions of discount prescription cards in circulation. The program has saved New Yorkers $22.6 million to date.“Clearly this prescription program has been a success. It enables participating counties one more way to help their constituents save money and maintain a healthier lifestyle,” said Santulli.In February, the ProAct Discount Prescription Program was expanded to provide participating New Yorkers with savings on eye exams, glasses, contacts, LASIK eye surgeries and hearing aids and exams.“We are thrilled with the great success of our ProAct discount card program here in New York State. Over a million prescriptions filled is a huge milestone. The program brings real savings to the residents of New York on prescriptions, and now vision, hearing and LASIK services. We are pleased to help so many of our fellow New Yorkers with our discount program”“The added benefits for New Yorkers will help people address real and personal healthcare needs at a time when they need it most,” said Stephen J. Acquario NYSAC Executive Director. “County government officials can and do make a difference for their constituents, and this successful program is yet another example where county governments lead the way in assisting New Yorkers.”

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