Seattle Joins NLC Prescription Discount Card Program

May 22, 2012

by Marc Shapiro

The City of Seattle is the latest city to join the NLC Prescription Discount Card Program to help provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications. Seattle joins more than 580 cities across the country participating in the NLC program. To date, residents in participating cities have saved more than $9 million on the cost of their prescriptions.

The program was officially launched in Seattle by Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen at the SeaMar Community Health Centers 10th Annual Latina Health Fair. There are an estimated 195,000 uninsured adults in Seattle and King County and the health fair and all of Seattle's community health centers help to eliminate health disparities in the city.

Through the NLC Prescription Discount Card, the City is making free prescription discount cards available to Seattle residents. The card offers an average 23 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications for residents without health insurance or have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The card can be used at most major pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies in and around Seattle, as well as at more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country. 

"These programs can help those in need of relief from high health care costs," said Mayor McGinn. "I thank the National League of Cities for their assistance in bringing this new program to Seattle. And I thank Councilmember Rasmussen for his leadership on the City Council on this issue."

"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."

"We're pleased to have joined with Seattle to help their residents by offering a program that provides significant cost savings and is easy to use," said NLC Executive Director Donald J. Borut. "We hope that the NLC program brings welcome relief to residents of Seattle."

The NLC Prescription Discount Card Program is available to all NLC member cities 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 www.nlc.org/prescriptioncard or contact Marc Shapiro, Program Director, 202-626-3019 or e-mail: shapiro@nlc.org.