The City of Evanston is launching a program to provide residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs.

Through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities, the city is offering free prescription drug discount cards to all Evanston residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.

The discount cards offer average savings of 20 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. The discount is available any time prescriptions are not covered by other insurance or medication programs.

The cards can be used for prescription drugs at pharmacies citywide and at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country.

They are available at the Evanston Civic Center and at sites throughout the community. Evanston residents do not need to complete an enrollment form or pay a fee to obtain a discount on medications.

For more information about the program, contact the Evanston Commission on Aging at 847-866-2919.

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  1. How much is this costing us?
    “Through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities, the city is offering free prescription drug discount cards to all Evanston residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.”

    Does anyone know how much this program is costing Evanston taxpayers? While it’s certainly well intentioned, why are we looking for more ways for the City of Evanston to spend money now?

    1. Prescription Drug discount card
      The prescription drug discount program offered in partnership with the National League of Cities is not subsidized by the City. Citizens do not pay any type of enrollment fee for the program, nor does the City cover the cost of any discount citizens obtain through the program. Participating pharmacies agree to discount the price of medications when the card is presented. The National League of Cities covers the cost of printing program promotional materials, including the discount cards.

      For additional information on this program, interested persons can either go to the program website, http://www.caremark.com/nlc, or the Commission on Aging offices, 847/866-2919.

      1. Somebody is paying…
        Thanks for the information. But how much does the City of Evanston pay to be a member of the National League of Cities for 2009?

        It appears that this is a “member benefit” that the member cities can share with their citizens. That’s great but it is certainly not free. As with anything else, somebody is always paying.

  2. Subsidizing anything
    Hey, when it is not your money it is always easy to spend other people’s money.

    1. Subsidy
      for godness sake, this thread is stupid.- first the city is subsidizing drugs, NOT – you have all the wrong information and then when you are shown this program has nothing to do with city subsidies – you sitill complain. What the heck is your problem? I forgive you for being wrong/uninformed, now get over your self

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