New prescription discount card in Tazewell County

By Beau Ebenezer

July 31, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Tazewell and Peoria County have been saving residents hundreds of dollars every year with a free prescription discount card which is provided by the National Association of Counties (NACO).

With no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions on the frequency of card use, the card has discounted residents' prescription drug pick-ups from 25 percent to 30 percent on average.

"It's great for us as a community because that is $580,000 that is now in savings and will be able to be funneled back into the local economy and other areas," said Peoria County Human Resource Assistant Director, Shauna Musselman.

However, Tazewell County is shifting gears with a new company's prescription discount card, hoping to bring even more savings for residents.

"NACO's saving are great there, but in Pro-Act they are a little greater," said Tazewell County Board Chairman, David Zimmerman. "Pro-Act representatives are actually out there calling pharmacies and mailing these cards directly to the people."

More than 100,000 Tazewell County residents will receive free cards in the mail throughout the week.

Residents just need to present their card at any participating pharmacy along with a new prescription or refill to receive the savings.

"The savings with a brand name is anywhere between 10 percent and 20 percent and with generic there is 20 percent to 50 percent savings," said Pro-Act representative, Karin Eckdahl.

The card must be used alone and not with another insurance carrier.

Pro Act also provides discounts on vision services and hearing aid products.