New Smith County Prescription Drug Cards On The Way

Earlier this month, we told you about Upshur County's plan to help their citizens with prescription drug costs.

Officials there ordered 100,000 discount prescription cards. Those cards are sponsored by the National Association of Counties.

Today, Smith County commissioners took the first steps to approve negotiations with NACO.

Through the program, county residents could save an average of 20% on prescription drugs not covered by insurance.

The best part - there are no enrollment fees, forms, age or income requirements for residents, and no cost to the taxpayer.

"Right now, with the economy as bad as it is, every little dime helps," said commissioner JoAnn Hampton, "Especially with drugs, anything you want to do to get a prescription cheaper, you want to do it."

More than 57,000 pharmacies participate in the program currently.

Smith County commissioners say negotiations should begin in the coming days, and they to start distributing the cards at various county offices in about 2 months.

The only stipulation is that you cannot use the discount card in conjunction with your insurance plan.

Layron Livingston, reporting.