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Free prescription discount card to help California families

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The California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) has partnered with NeedyMeds, a national non-profit organization, to launch a prescription drug discount card that will help Californians lower the costs of their medications and other health care services. The discount card, which is free and can be used by all California families to save up to 80 percemt off the cost of prescription medications, can be used by those without insurance or those who decide not to use their insurance.

“CAPA and its physician assistant members are dedicated to expanding access to high-quality, cost-effective care for all California citizens. The CAPA drug discount card will help reduce out-of-pocket costs for California consumers, help patients stay healthy, and reduce long-term health costs for California families,” said CAPA President Eric Glassman. “Difficult economic times are forcing many Californians to make wrenching and potentially devastating choices between taking their medications or feeding their families and paying rent. The CAPA drug discount card will help keep costs manageable while also helping to ensure that Californians stay on their doctor-prescribed treatment regimes.” 

The CAPA/NeedyMeds drug discount card is free and open to anyone. There are no income, insurance or residency requirements, and no fees or registration process is needed to use the card. One card can be shared with friends and family members, or patients can print their own. California residents can obtain a card from physician assistants, participating allied providers and health care groups, or by downloading a card from the CAPA website, http://www.capanet.org.

To use the CAPA drug discount card, a California consumer simply presents the discount card to his or her pharmacist along with the desired prescription, and the pharmacist tells the consumer how much can be saved using the card. The drug discount card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other regional chains and local stores. The card cannot be combined with insurance. The card can, however, be used instead of insurance if the insurance has no drug coverage, there is a high drug deductible, there is a low medicine cap that has been met, there is a high copay and the card offers a better price, or if a consumer is in the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”

NeedyMeds is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive information on assistance available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. 

For more information about the CAPA Prescription Drug Discount Card, or to download a copy of the card, please visit: http://www.capanet.org.

For more information about medical assistance programs, please visit http://www.needymeds.org


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