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Friday, October 05, 2012 7:28 AM

Discount prescription drug cards available at ECKAN

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer

ECKAN has discount prescription drug cards available for residents who need financial assistance in paying for their medications.

The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. is a local distributor of American Consultants Rx Inc.’s free discount prescription drug cards. The cards can be obtained at ECKAN’s outlet at the Don Woodward Community Center, 517 E. Third St., Ottawa.

“If someone comes in and asks for medical assistance, we give them one of these cards,” Jake Howard, ECKAN’s Franklin County Human Services coordinator, said. “In the past, we have provided some financial assistance to help those in need with their prescription medication costs. Right now, we’re in a period where we don’t have funding to provide this assistance, but we can offer these cards.”

American Consultants discount cards are available with no eligibility requirements and no forms to fill out, according to an American Consultants news release.

“There are no income restrictions or qualifying process,” Howard said. “The cards are available to anyone who has a need.”

American Consultants’ community service project has donated more than 25 million discount prescription cards to 40,000 organizations across the U.S. to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance, according to the release. The program began in 2004 when the Atlanta-based organization was formed, the release said.

ECKAN recently received some of these cards, and this is the first time the agency has had them available, Howard said.

The cards will offer discounts of up to 40 percent off name brand drugs and up to 60 percent off generic drugs, according to the news release. The cards have no expiration date, and one card will take care of a whole family, according to the release.

American Consultants noted the cards are pre-activated and are good at more than 50,000 stores — including Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger and other retail outlets.

Though anyone can use the cards, American Consultants is targeting people who are uninsured, underinsured or on Medicare in an effort to help needy families and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs, the release said.

American Consultants also said the discount cards are available online at www.acrxcards.com

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