The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties, which has negotiated a high-volume discount with Caremark, which gets the medicine from the pharmaceutical companies. The average savings is 23 percent.
El Paso County, the largest county in Colorado, is the 22nd county in the state to adopt the program, which was created more than two years ago.
Commissioner Sallie Clark said the program said the program took longer to launch here because the county wanted to make sure all of the partnerships and distributing agencies were on the same page.
Douglas County, which borders El Paso County to the north and includes the Castle Rock area has had the program in place for about two years. Officials there said the program has been well accepted and that human resource administrators receive a couple of requests for the card every week.
Interested El Paso County residents are not reqired to submit forms or pay membership fees. The card can be used at more than 80 pharmacies and can be picked up at the county’s clerk and recorder offices, treasurer’s office, assessor’s office, department of human services, health department and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.
Clarke said the cards are especially useful for small businesses that do not offer health insurance to employees.
For more information about the discount cards, call 520-MEDS, or visit www.elpasoco.com.