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TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey residents have an ally in the fight against rising healthcare costs. A statewide discount prescription drug card program, called New Jersey Drug Card and sponsored by Mercer County is free to all residents, said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.  This program provides discounts on both Brand and Generic medications, and average savings are estimated to be around 30 percent. There are no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limit and no applications to fill out.

The New Jersey Drug Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured citizens of New Jersey afford their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. The New Jersey Drug Card can also be used by individuals who do not qualify for publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare.

The New Jersey Drug Card is a solution to the confusing maze of discount programs that have appeared in recent years. Many of these programs only cover certain drugs, charge fees, and some have membership restrictions such as age and income requirements. The New Jersey Drug Card provides the residents of New Jersey with a simple solution. The New Jersey Drug Card has an “open formulary” which means that all drugs are included, has “on the fly enrollment” which means that no eligibility data is required to process a prescription, and everyone is eligible to participate in the program. Furthermore, the New Jersey Drug Card will not share, sell, or distribute personal information for any reason. New Jersey residents can download a free card and search drug pricing and participating pharmacies at www.mercercounty.org.