JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County residents have saved almost $500,000 using the county's prescription discount cards. For two years, local pharmacies and hospitals have been offering the savings to those with little or no health insurance.
Pharmacist Krisiti Phelps knows how pricey prescription pills can be without good health insurance.
"You have $200 for medicines," Phelps said.
Jackson County's prescription program aims to cut drug costs so all underinsured and uninsured residents can afford to pay their drug bills. Phelps said since its start in 2008, her customers have been grabbing free cards for discounts.
"We are seeing about 50 percent of our cash paying customers use these."
After two years, this program still seems to be growing. December was the best month so far with almost $30,000 in savings.
"It [the program] is still available and it is real easy. That is all you have to do is fill out information, take it to your pharmacist and it is still ongoing," Supervisor Mike Mangum said.
Mangum encourages more constituents to sign up for the prescription assistance. He also points out that the program not only promises discounts, but it also promotes healthier living.
"One thing we don't want is our residents, in these tough economic times, having to make decisions of do I pay my rent, or buy food, or do I buy my medicine? Hopefully, the discount available on this card will be able to do all the things they need to do.
For more information about the prescription discount program, please call (228) 769-3380.