Free prescription discount cards available

J. H. Osborne • Feb 21, 2007 at 10:48 AM

BLOUNTVILLE - A free prescription discount card is now available to Sullivan County - and other Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia residents.

The Sullivan County Commission voted earlier this week to enter into an association with Knoxville-based Advantage Wellness of America (AWA), which offers the card.

It is not insurance.

AWA Chief Executive Officer Timothy Helton met with the County Commission's Insurance Committee last month. The committee, citing the heavy toll drug costs take on some county residents' pocketbooks, asked the full commission to endorse an association with AWA to draw attention to the private company's free prescription discount card.

Helton said the card is easily downloaded from the AWA Web site at www.advantagewellnessofamerica.com. You do not have to be a member or log in - just click on the highlighted phrase "free prescription drug card" about halfway down the page.

Once you provide your name, street address and ZIP code, a membership card will appear for you to print and take to a participating pharmacy.

Helton said the card is accepted by thousands of national, regional and local pharmacies, including Food City, Walgreens and Target.

A complete list of participating pharmacies, as well as medications covered, is available on the AWA Web site.

This is the County Commission's second attempt to provide county residents with a prescription discount card.

Last year Sullivan County joined the National Association of Counties (NACO) in order to gain access to that organization's prescription discount program.

The County Commission approved that move - at a cost of about $3,000 for a 2006 NACO membership.

The prescription discount cards were to be distributed locally by the Sullivan County Regional Health Department.

But the cards never arrived, County Mayor Steve Godsey said.

The County Commission's vote to "enter into an association" with AWA didn't cost anything.

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