A northwest Florida elected official hopes a new prescription discount card program will save people money. The program is just getting underway in Jackson County.
Marianna Pharmacist Larry Alford says folks are constantly looking for ways to save bucks on prescriptions.
This week, Jackson County began offering prescription discount cards to its residents.
It is not an insurance plan, and is being made available by those counties who belong to the National Association of Counties.
The card says it'll save an average of 20-percent on a prescription, but that remains to be seen.
Alford says, "They offer savings of 20-percent. We haven't seen them yet, so really it's hard to know just what kind of a savings they'll present."
Jackson County Commissioner, Dr. Willie Spires, says it's his obligation to help his constituents. He hopes this new discount card will result in real savings. "Prescription drug prices have risen dramatically over recent years,” he says. “Anything we can do as a county to keep those prices down is a plus."
Most of the seniors that News 4 spoke with have some form of insurance, and may not see a benefit from these discount cards, but they understand the need.
Mae Ponte, a Marianna resident says, "From what I have learned from folks, they have to do without and that's not fair."
At this time, Bay, Holmes, and Franklin counties in the Panhandle are in various stages of offering discount cards to its residents.
For information on the county drug discount card, call toll free at 1-877-321-2652.