Picente: New Card Helps County Residents Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that he is taking action to reduce the costs of prescription drugs for Oneida County residents.

Picente said that Oneida County will be participating in the ProAct Prescription Drug Program in partnership with the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) to provide lower cost prescription drugs as a savings to county residents.

“The cost of health care is staggering, particularly for families trying to make ends meet,” Picente said. “This program will help Oneida County residents who do not have insurance, or who have plans that don’t provide extensive coverage for prescriptions, reduce the cost of getting the drugs they need in order to live healthier, better lives.”
 
Michael Romano, Director of the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care, said that the office will mail out cards to county residents in the coming weeks. If for any reason an Oneida County household is missed or someone requires an extra card(s) they can visit www.NYRxDiscountCard.com to print a card or call ProAct, Inc. at 1-877-776-2285.
 
ProAct provides participants a discount of 10 to 20 percent on brand-name drugs and up to 70 percent on generic drugs. It also offers a discount of up to 20 percent on vision and hearing care, including hearing aids, and up to 50 percent off Lasik surgery. The plan also offers discounts of up to 10 to 20 percent on pet medications.
“I want to commend County Executive Picente for his pro-active step in working with NYSAC and ProAct to bring this program to Oneida County.” said Stephen J. Acquario, NYSAC executive director. “Helping county residents make their hard-earned dollars go further is an important way to serve them, and by bringing this plan to Oneida County, County Executive Picente is taking an important step that will help reduce costs in an area that is very vital to the lives of thousands of Oneida County residents. This program is one more way that County Executive Picente is ensuring that Oneida County Government makes a difference for its constituents.”
 
Minority Leader, Patricia A. Hudak, D-29 said that she would “like to praise the Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente for going out to find alternatives to help offset the cost of prescription drugs for individuals who are either underinsured or uninsured.” Chairman Gerald Fiorini, R-20 added that “I want to congratulate County Executive Picente, for his efforts and hard work in working with NYSAC and ProAct to provide this Program to the residents of the County of Oneida.   By providing a lower cost prescription drug savings to the residents of this County, not only will it ease the financial burden on so many but will also help people to live healthier lives.”
 
More than 33 New York counties are participating in the program, with millions of discount prescription cards in circulation, according to NYSAC. To date, more than 1 million prescriptions have been filled using ProAct. The program has saved New Yorkers about $25 million to date.  
 
The ProAct Discount Card Program is a no cost program to counties, taxpayers or to the participants. There is no income verification, eligibility requirements or the need to sign-up for the program. The discount cards are simply mailed to each household in the county, and are available at county agencies and participating pharmacies. Residents receive discounts on brand named prescriptions, generic drugs and pet medications. ProAct Inc. is the pharmacy benefit management division of Kinney Drugs.