One local government is taking steps to help those affected by the state’s cuts to the Illinois Cares Rx program. Proviso Township, which encompasses some of Chicago’s western suburbs, has unveiled a free discount prescription card for its residents.  The announcement comes after the state of Illinois made budget cuts to the Illinois Cares Rx program, leaving 160,000 people without prescription drug coverage statewide.

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“The discount prescription card is absolutely free to residents and free to the township,” said Township Supervisor Michael Corrigan.  “As health care costs continue to increase, this is one the best benefits we have ever offered and believe residents will realize significant savings.  We are also hopeful this will help those that lost coverage because of the state’s budget cuts to Cares Rx.”

The card is offered through Coast2Coast Rx. The average saving for a prescription is $29.42.  Nearly 60,000 drugs are covered at 59,000 pharmacies in the network, including all chain stores and the majority of independent pharmacies nationally.  The discount card is not intended to replace insurance.

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