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Residents can get some relief from the high cost of prescription medications through a program offered through the City of Burien and National League of Cities (NLC). The program provides free discount cards that offer savings off the retail price of prescription medications that aren’t covered by health insurance plans. While discounts on each prescription may vary, cardholders can save as much as 20 percent off the pharmacy’s regular retail prices for prescription drugs.
The NLC Prescription Discount Card can be used by all residents of Burien and has no restrictions based on a resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The card can be used at major pharmacies in and around Burien.
Residents can pick up a card at Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd St., Ste. 300, and the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave. SW, or obtain one online at www.caremark.com/nlc. Residents can also use www.caremark.com/nlc to check the price of a prescription drug using the discount card, locate the nearest participating pharmacy or call toll-free at 1-888-620-1749 for assistance with the program.
About NLCThe National League of Cities (NLC) is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. To learn more about NLC, go to www.nlc.org.
I just received my card. Can I use it right away?Yes, just use your card to start saving immediately. Present your prescription discount card at a participating retail pharmacy when you fill or refill your prescriptions.
How much does the card cost?Your prescription discount card is provided to you free of charge. You pay the cost of the prescription less any applicable discount.
Does everyone in my family need an individual card?No. Everyone in the family may use the same card if desired.Can I use this card to get discounts on my pet’s medications?Yes, if your pet has been prescribed a medication that is also used to treat a human condition, you may receive a discount on the medication by taking the prescription to a participating retail pharmacy.
Can I use my card to get discounts on over-the-counter products and non-prescription medications?Not usually. However, discounts are available for many diabetic supplies.
How is this prescription discount program different from traditional prescription insurance?This is not insurance; it is a prescription discount program. The card provides immediate discounts at participating retail pharmacies. Upon presenting your card to the pharmacist, you will pay the lower of a discounted price or the pharmacy’s regular retail price. There are no claim forms to fill out and no limit to the number of times you can use the card. These discounts are available only at participating retail pharmacies.
Can I use my prescription discount card with my current insurance benefit to reduce my costs?Your card cannot be used in conjunction with other insurance. However, you are encouraged to use your card to purchase prescriptions anytime they are not covered by your insurance plan.
Can I still use my prescription discount card if I sign up for a Medicareprescription plan?Yes, you can use your prescription discount card anytime you need to purchase aprescription that is not covered by your Medicare prescription plan or any otherinsurance.
Should I use my prescription discount card during my deductible andcoverage gap periods of coverage for covered medications?No. Only use your prescription discount card to purchase non-coveredmedications.
Can I use my prescription discount card in addition to my Medicareprescription plan and get additional discounts?No. You need to present either your Medicare prescription plan card or yourprescription discount card. Only use your prescription discount card whenpurchasing medications not covered by your Medicare prescription plan.
I’m not going to sign-up for a Medicare prescription plan; can I still use myprescription discount card?Yes, you can continue to use your prescription discount card just as you dotoday.
PHARMACY AND PRICING QUESTIONS
Which pharmacies accept the card?The prescription discount card is accepted at more than 60,000 retail pharmacies nationwide, including the major chains as well as many independent pharmacies. Ask your local pharmacy if they participate or visit www.caremark.com/nlc or call toll free 1-888-620-1749 to find out if a specific pharmacy participates in the program.
How much will I save?While savings on each prescription may vary, you can save an average of 20 percent off of the pharmacy’s regular retail prices for prescription drugs. In addition, you may save even more on select medications.
Will I always receive the lowest price? Yes. You will receive the best price available to you through this program at the participating pharmacy. On occasion, pharmacies will price a particular medication lower than the discount rate provided by the card. If that occurs, you will pay the lower price.
Can I find out the discounted price of my prescriptions before going to the pharmacy?Because prices can vary by location, only the actual pharmacy can tell you the exact price of the prescription. However, you can look up an estimated price for medications at www.caremark.com/nlc or call toll free 1-888-620-1749.
Why did the price of my prescription change since the last time I purchased the prescription?Drug prices may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Even pharmacy chains have different prices in their stores depending on the population they are servicing. Additionally, manufacturers’ drug prices change periodically.
Will I save 20 percent on all my medications? Because a pharmacy's retail price or usual and customary charge can differ greatly by pharmacy, your exact percentage of savings may vary depending on the prescription drug and the price you have paid before.
Should I use my prescription discount card at a retail pharmacy with a flat rate generic pricing plan?Yes, always present your prescription discount card when buying prescriptions not covered by insurance. For a medicine on a generic pricing plan you will pay either the flat rate or the prescription discount card price, whichever is lower.
ABOUT SPECIALTY PHARMACYWhat is specialty pharmacy and what kinds of services do they offer?Specialty pharmacy offers delivery of injectable and select oral specialty medication and supplies to the location of your choice. Services include delivery notification and refill reminder calls to help you stay on your treatment plan. You’ll also receive expert care services including counseling, follow-up care calls, informative disease-related materials and access to health experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What drugs are offered through specialty pharmacy?Medications for a variety of chronic conditions including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, infertility, immunologic disorders, Crohn’s disease, Gaucher disease, pulmonary hypertension, Fabry disease, MPS 1, blood dyscrasia, growth hormone deficiency, respiratory syncytial virus, hepatitis C and more are available through specialty pharmacy.