Marshall County government has signed a 29-page contract, making its residents eligible for discounts on prescription drugs.
Marshall County is the first in the area to take advantage of a national program that offers discounts on prescription drug purchases, which aren’t covered by insurance.
While no one knows how many people the program will help, it's clear that joining the program won't hurt; that Marshall County can do for free.
While the program is most likely to help those who are uninsured, or under-insured, there could be benefits for the insured as well.
“If you already have a health plan and that health plan does not cover a particular drug, this insurance prescription card may possibly get you 20 percent off that drug” says Marshall County Clerk Jan Fisher.
County officials have studied the program since last fall, taking the time to read the fine print.
The cost of the program was apparently harder to believe, than it was to swallow.
“Absolutely nothing, it's free,” says Fisher. “I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it costs us nothing, it costs the county their membership to N.A.C.O.”
Marshall County pays $940 dollars a year in dues to the National Association of Counties; the lobbying group that offers the prescription program to its members.
Marshall County is apparently the 19th county in Indiana to join the prescription discount program.
The next nearest county to do so, is Lake County.
Joining the program is not an option for St. Joseph County, because it is not a member of N.A.C.O.
The group’s website does list the counties of Elkhart, Kosciusko, and LaPorte as members.