Detroit, MI and Monroe, NC Reach Savings Milestone

March 14, 2013

By Stephanie Long

The National League of Cities (NLC) honored the City of Detroit, MI  and the City of Monroe, NC last week at the Congressional City Conference for being the second and third cities respectively to save their residents more than $1/2 million on the cost of their prescriptions through the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program.

Detroit surpassed $1/2 million in savings last December and current savings to-date to city residents exceeds $550,000. Monroe reached the $1/2 million savings milestone earlier this month.

"Everyone is feeling the strain of these tough economic times, especially Detroit," said Janice Winfrey, City Clerk of Detroit. "The NLC Prescription Discount Card program is a simple and free program that has had a big impact on our residents providing significant savings on their prescriptions."

Nationally, the program is currently available in 617 NLC member cities across the country and has saved residents of those cities over $11 million. The discount card can be used by persons without health insurance or those with insurance that have prescriptions not covered by their insurance. There are no enrollment forms or membership fees and no restrictions or limitations on the card. Some prescriptions for pets are also covered.

"We are very pleased with the success of the program in Monroe," said Mayor Bobby Kilgore. "Our residents who really need help with the cost of their prescriptions have benefited greatly."

The NLC prescription discount card provides an average savings of 25 percent off the retail price of prescriptions and is accepted at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies nationwide. The average dollar savings to Detroit residents was $10.47 per prescription and $13.91 savings per prescription for Monroe residents.

The NLC Prescription Discount Card Program is provided as a member service of NLC and is easy to implement. Everything needed to get started and launch the program is provided at no cost to the city, including customized city discount cards and posters, sample press releases, a sample page for the city website and more.

The role of the city is to promote the program through the local media and the city web site, city newsletters and other communications with residents and to make the prescription discount cards available at locations throughout the city (city hall, libraries, community centers, etc.) to those residents who might benefit from the program. Upon launching the program, participating cities receive monthly data on savings to residents.

Details: To learn more about the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program or to sign up for the program, visit Prescription Discount Card Program or contact Marc Shapiro, Program Director, 202-626-3019 or e-mail: shapiro@nlc.org.