Wayne County Rural Health Network is offering Wayne Rx Prescription Drug Discount Cards to all county residents.
The card provides at least a 20% discount on prescription drugs for patients without insurance or drug coverage; the average discount is between 20 and 50%, although some prescriptions may be discounted even more.
All Wayne County pharmacies accept the card which is issued by Caremark, a national pharmaceutical wholesale company. Each card has its own identification number. The pharmacist enters the number into his database and determines the discount for the prescription the client requires. The card can be used for all prescription drugs but cannot be used to reduce co-payments for individuals with insurance. Individuals with insurance may find that in some cases their prescriptions are less using the Wayne Rx Card. There is no fee to use the card and no application to complete. One card can be used by an entire family for its prescriptions. There is also no cost to the county or its taxpayers to use these cards.
Wayne County Rural Health Network administers the program for Wayne County. Over the past three years, the Wayne Rx card has saved Wayne County residents $643,954.00 off the costs of their prescriptions (statistics as of December 31, 2010). Emilie Sisson, Manager of the Wayne County Rural Health Network, states: “This drug discount card is another tool for people to use to increase their access to quality health care without depleting their resources.”
The discount cards are available in many public places in each of the fifteen communities in Wayne County. Cards can be picked up at town and village halls, in libraries, at Public Health, Aging & Youth and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Residents applying for health insurance through a facilitated enroller will be able to pick up a Wayne Rx card during their appointment.
“People can call our office at 483-3225 or 483-3266 with any questions they might have or to request a Wayne Rx Card for themselves,” Sisson said.
Wayne County Rural Health Network is part of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and funded through a grant by the New York State Office of Rural Health. Besides the Wayne Rx Drug Discount Card, the Network also sponsors the RN Forgivable Loan program, has initiated medical transportation services through WATS, sponsors anger management classes for middle school boys in Sodus CSD, sustains an exercise program for the elderly through Wayne Community Action Program, manages the SANE program at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and has initiated crisis respite services in collaboration with Wayne CAP, as well as several other programs that focus on improving access to health and human services in Wayne County. The Network has sponsored facilitated enrollment in four locations around the county for the last three years and collaborates with the Housing Consortium and Senior Services. The Wayne County Rural Health Network was formed in 1997. Its mission is to plan, initiate, and implement innovative solutions for emerging and unmet health and human service needs that one provider alone could not undertake.