Senior citizens in Arizona don't have to wait for the Medicare changes to start saving money on their prescriptions.
Many of the state's seniors have already received their CoppeRx Card for prescription discounts.
"It's commonly believed we have the best program of any state," said Gov. Janet Napolitano. "We're one of the
few states that has no enrollment fee. We're one of the few states that actually mailed the cards to everyone who was eligible for whom we had an address. And we're one of the few states that doesn't have any kind of formulary -- A formulary being a designated list of drugs you can get with the card."
"This is a good time to remind people of the Copper Card because they are going to be getting a lot of information about discount cards under the new federal Medicare law that passed," Napolitano said.
"Our card has no enrollment fee. And at least some of the other cards restrict the kind of drugs that are available to use the discount on, our card has no such limitation."
The governor said the card was mailed to every senior citizen for whom the state had an address. The Copper Card entitles the card holder to discounts in all RxAmerica pharmacies, which includes about 500 of the states 800 pharmacies, she said.
"The card gives a 15 to 55 percent discount off the average wholesale price of medications," Napolitano said. "It applies to both brand names and generics. There is no formulary or limitations on the use of the card."
Arizona seniors who did not get the card, or may have thrown it away without realizing what it was, can call 1-800-770-8014 to obtain the card.
"It can be used in conjunction with other cards covering prescriptions," the governor said.
Arizona is not subsidizing the program, it is sponsored by RxAmerica.
According to the RxAmerica website, the following chains are participating in the Arizona CoppeRx Card program:
- Eckerd Drug
- Fry's Food and Drug
- United Drug Pharmacies
A large number of independent pharmacies also participate according information on the website, www.rxamerica.com.