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Council News Release

3/2/2012  9:49:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dana Robinson Slote, (206) 615-0061

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Councilmember Rasmussen announces discounted prescription drug program for Seattle residents
Seattle to join National League of Cities program

SEATTLE – In his position as a Seattle representative to the Association for Washington Cites board, Councilmember Rasmussen is leading the effort for the City of Seattle to soon join the National League of Cities (NLC) prescription discount program. In operation since 2008, the program provides residents of participating NLC cities who have an NLC discount card to save on the cost of prescriptions not covered by insurance.

"Not all Seattle residents have health insurance, or prescription drug insurance benefits that fully meet their needs," said Councilmember Rasmussen. "By having the City of Seattle participate in this program, I expect that people will realize some savings on the costs of their health care. I have asked the Mayor for his support and participation in implementing this program for Seattle. I expect that this program can begin in Seattle by early April."

There is no cost to the City for participation in the NLC Program. The City’s role is to distribute the cards and to promote the program.  Currently 408 cities are participating including nine Washington cities: Tacoma, Shoreline, Sammamish, Puyallup, Auburn, Marysville, Burien, Airway Heights, and Union Gap. 

Residents present the card to participating pharmacies at the time they purchase a prescription. By using the card, a resident will save on the cost of their uninsured prescription. The discount will vary depending on the prescription, however experience in other cities has shown that the average savings is 20% off the regular retail price. Residents are not required to fill out enrollment forms. There are no income requirements, membership fees or limits on the number of times the card can be used.

Additional information can be found at the National League of Cities website.

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