Discount drug cards to be mailed
Many residents dread the day when they receive their real estate tax information in the mail.
But this year, there could be something sent accompanying it that will please many residents.
The Washington County commissioners signed a letter Thursday asking that county treasurer Dorothy Peppel include inserts with the letters which inform residents that free prescription discount cards will be available in the near future.
The program is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), of which the commissioners are members. The county pays a little over $1,300 a year to be a member of the association, but the cards are available at no additional cost.
"Our only cost is the joining of NACo - this is just a freebie extra," Commissioner Steve Weber said.
Anyone, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage, may use the card. All 10 pharmacies in the county will honor the card, and a national network of more than 60,000 participating retail pharmacies will also accept it.
"In an effort to get the discount prescription cards into the hands of county residents, commissioners are seeking free methods of distribution to get the word out about the program" the letter states.
County administrator Paul Cunningham said Peppel will send out 25,000 to 26,000 tax bills in late January or early February. He added that when and where residents can get the card will be established in the near future.
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