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Prescription drug program possible, not definite

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County commissioners will only go along with a new prescription drug card for county citizens, if the issuing agency agrees to one major stipulation.

The national association of counties has a program that provides discounted rates to people with little or no prescription benefit coverage.  Last week, an employee with NACO told the commission that it does not solicit mail order prescriptions through caremark/CVS, but when commissioners were presented with a contract Monday morning, it clearly stated that mail order solicitations would be allowed.

Commissioner Gloria Gaines voted for the program, contingent upon that provision being stricken.  She said, "Our thinking right now is that, that could result in revenue leaving the county that could benefit local citizens and may very well benefit the county, so we today asked to request that that provision be excluded from our contract with NACO."

If NACO doesn't accept the change, the chance of the prescription program passing the Dougherty County commission is low. They don't want to hurt local pharmacies with mail orders.

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