City approved discount prescription plan could save many money

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –  A new discount program approved by the Lufkin City Council could help those without insurance save money on prescription drugs.

The city sees it as a chance to help.

"It's meant to help the neediest among us," said Lufkin City Mayor Jack Gorden.

The prescription drug discount caught Lufkin city leader's attention at a recent meeting of the National League of Cities.

"Hey, maybe this would be something good for us to do in Lufkin," said Mayor Gorden.

It's a prescription drug discount program that helps out in two types of situations.

"People not covered by any insurance program... or if there's some drug not covered by someone's insurance this could apply to that," described the mayor.

The discounts vary on individual prescription drugs, but the savings add up.

"On average they should get a 20% discount on their drugs," said Mayor Gorden.

Who's paying for the program?  Not tax-payers.  The pharmacies will absorb the costs of the discounts.

And to start receiving the discounts is easy.

"They need to contact Kara Atwood at the Lufkin city hall," said Mayor Gorden.  She can be reached at the city hall's main phone number: 936-633-2011.

Once you receive the discount card - bring it with you the next time you fill prescriptions.

"Their pharmacy.  Their pharmacy of preference.  The one they always used.  any pharmacy around.  Most pharmacies in the country accept it," said the mayor.

You do not have to be a city resident to receive the discount card.  You just have to call city hall to request the card and one will be mailed out.

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