City to take part in prescription discount program

Published on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:30
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN – Residents will soon be sent information on how to they can save money on their prescriptions, as the city voted Wednesday night to participate in a statewide savings program.

As a member of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, New Britain is eligible for the CCM Prescription Discount Card Program through health care company ProAct, Inc. Through the program, residents who have no health insurance - or don’t have prescriptions covered under their current health plan - can receive a card that will give them discounts on all prescriptions.

The card offers the following features and benefits:

-  Anyone can participate regardless of age or income.

-  All prescription medications are covered, including pet prescriptions that are human-based and can be filled at a pharmacy.

-  Cost savings are on brand name and generic medications, with generic prescriptions offering the highest savings.

-  Discounts are also offered on other medical services including vision, hearing and Lasik services.

“We’re very grateful that CCM offers it and I think it’s a great thing to be able to offer our residents,” Mayor Erin Stewart said of the program.

“I do think that it’s great that we offer this for our residents: anything to save money,” Alderman Jerrell Hargraves said.

More than 63,000 pharmacies participate in the program, including CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, and Big Y. Many New Britain pharmacies also participate, including Arch Street Pharmacy, Access Care Pharmacy, New Britain Pharmacy, Beacon Prescriptions and Costco Pharmacy.

The CCM Prescription Discount Card Program costs nothing for municipalities or participating residents. ProAct negotiates discount rates directly with participating pharmacies that agree to accept reduced margins on discount card transactions for patients who have no prescription drug coverage.

At the cost of CCM, information concerning the program will be mailed to each resident in the city. More information on the card and program can be found at www.proactrxsavings.com .

In other action Wednesday night, the Common Council voted to lease a vacant commercial space on the first floor of Szczesny Garage, at 39 Bank St to Bike New Britain, Inc. The lease, which was discussed by the Committee on Planning, Zoning and Housing prior to the Common Council meeting, is for Dec. 1 2017 to Nov. 30 2018 at a rate of $200 per month.

Representatives from Bike New Britain told the council a headquarters downtown would help their group grow exponentially.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:30. Updated: Wednesday, 11 October 2017 20:32.