La Crosse County began giving out prescription cards Monday that provide residents with discounts on medications for themselves and even their pets as part of a nationwide program.
The free cards, sponsored by the National Association of Counties, allow an average savings of 22 percent on the retail price for commonly prescribed drugs.
The cards offer savings for uninsured and underinsured residents as well as insured residents who can save money on drugs not covered by their health plan.
The response to the program has been good so far, said Linda Lee, nutrition manager for the La Crosse County Health Depart-ment. “I have had more calls than I expected about the pet medications,” Lee said.
More than 20 pharmacies in the county — including at Walgreens, Walmart, Shopko, Target, Kmart and Franciscan Skemp — will accept the card as part of a national network of more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies.
A list of participating pharmacies and where to get the cards are on the county’s Web site at www.co.la-crosse.wi.us.
The cards will be available at the health department and other sites that serve low-income people.
For more information or to get a card, call (608) 785-9865.