Ralston to join La Vista in offering prescription discounts

The new prescription drug discount cards are available at the front the La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, in the area where brochures can be found.

Ralston plans to bring free discount cards for prescription medications to residents.

The city will join La Vista, which recently became the first city in the state to offer the program.

The program, sponsored by the National League of Cities, can save residents an average 23 percent on their prescriptions. Participation is open to anyone, not just residents of cities offering the program.

“Anything to help any of our citizens and to help save costs on medical prescriptions is positive,” La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig said. “We’re offering a benefit to citizens.”

Ralston applied for the program, but plans were pushed back due to construction of the Ralston Arena, said City Clerk Dolores Costanzo.

North Platte and Lexington have also applied for the program. Several other league members in Nebraska, including Omaha, are eligible to apply for the discount cards, but have not applied for the program.

The league is a national organization, based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.

Gregory Minchak, a spokesman for the league, said La Vista is the first city in Nebraska to receive the benefit.

Sarpy and Douglas counties offer a similar program through the National Association of Counties. Discount cards are also open to residents outside of the counties and are available at nonprofit organizations and government offices, said Douglas County Board member Mary Ann Borgeson.

The cards are accepted at most area pharmacies as well as more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country. Discounts don’t apply to over-the-counter medications, but certain diabetic supplies and pet medications are included. The program is not a form of insurance and can’t be combined with other health insurance or Medicare plans to provide additional savings.

Cards can be obtained at La Vista City Hall, 8116 Park View Blvd., or the La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road.

They can also be printed online at caremark.com/nlc, which also includes a list of participating pharmacies across the U.S.

Information on the program is available at cityoflavista.org/discounts or by calling 888-620-1749.

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