Berlin Joins CCM in Prescription Drug Discount Program

The program, included for all residents as part of the annual dues paid to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, will provide an opportunity for substantial savings for residents at no cost to the town, officials said.

Credit: Patch.
Credit: Patch.
Those underinsured or uninsured – and even those with full health insurance – could soon see substantial savings on their prescription drugs in Berlin, thanks in part to a free program offered by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Berlin, through its association with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), the statewide association of towns and cities, is now providing a new prescription discount card that will provide uninsured and under-insured residents steep savings on prescription medicines.

“This is a great solution to a pressing issue that will positively impact residents in need across Berlin,” Mayor Adam Salina said in a press release.

Berlin is a member of CCM and this new program is only available to CCM member communities.

In Connecticut, over 11 percent of Connecticut residents – nearly 360,000 people – currently lack health insurance and prescription plans and another 800,000 residents are underinsured. There are over 50 million uninsured individuals living in the United States.

In the coming months, CCM will be issuing drug insurance cards to all residents in Middlefield, allowing residents to obtain discounts potentially as high as 45 percent on medications, CCM explained on its website.

Once the cards are issued, residents will be able to save on medicine purchases with no attached fees or claims forms to fill out.

“CCM is pleased to offer this valuable community service to Berlin,” said CCM Executive Director and CEO Jim Finley. “Many families are struggling and even some families with health insurance may not have all their prescriptions covered. This program will help them save money on any medicines not covered by their insurance.”

This new prescription discount card will provide immediate fiscal relief at the pharmacy counter for uninsured and under-insured residents and offers the following features and benefits:

Anyone can participate regardless of age or income;

  • All prescription medications are covered including pet prescriptions that can be filled at a pharmacy;
  • There is no cost to the municipality or to participating residents;
  • Cost savings average 45 percent;
  • There are over 63,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Stop and Shop, and Big Y, and many independent pharmacies;
  • Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, hearing and Lasik services.

Each residence in Berlin will receive a “Town of Berlin Prescription Discount Card” by direct mail that they may use at any participating retail pharmacy.  All town residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, will be able to use the cards. 

There are no enrollment forms, membership fees, restrictions or limits on frequency of use for residents. Cardholders and their family members are encouraged to use the cards any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. Residents can print cards printed online at www.CTRxDiscountCard.com, by selecting Berlin from the drop-down menu.

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