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Thomas Co. offers prescription drug card

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –  A new discount card program will help people in Thomas County pay for their prescription drugs. The cards are being provided by the county at no cost and with no restrictions.

Patricia Jefferson volunteers at a soup kitchen in Thomasville. She sees first hand how some people are struggling in this tough economy, even people with jobs. "My daughter is a diabetic, and one time she wasn't able to get what she needed."

But a new discount card program launched by Thomas County is hoping to ease the burden of high-priced prescriptions. All county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage, can use the cards.

"This program would really help out the people who should be able to afford their prescriptions but can't," said Jefferson.

"With the economy the way it is right now, money is a big issue. And this gives them another way to spend that money wisely,"  said Derrick Ogletree, Thomas County Information Officer.

The county is able to provide the free prescription drug discount cards through a sponsorship with the National Association of Counties. There are no enrollment forms, membership fees, or limits on how often the card may be used, with average savings of 22% off commonly prescribed drugs.

"22% is a big savings in today's economy,"  said Ogletree.

"Going into winter and coming out of a hot summer, utility bills were really high. So anything you save you can put aside for those days when your expenses get out of control," said Jefferson.

County leaders say there is no cost to county taxpayers for the cards. "We're very excited to present this to the community. They support us every day and this is our way of giving back," said Ogletree.

And for some, it may help make ends meet for one of their most important necessities. The prescription discount cards are available at the Thomas County Public library, city hall, and the commissioners office.

County residents may call toll free 1-877-321-2652 or visit www.caremark.com/naco for more information or assistance with the program.

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