Program Saves Memphians Money On Prescriptions

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(Memphis) At a time when health care costs are skyrocketing, there may be some savings that you are letting slip right through your fingers.

If you, or anyone in your family has to get a prescription, the City of Memphis wants to help you save some money.

A new campaign is about to launch to get the word out.

Medicine can be a life saver,but it can also break the bank if you have a lot of prescriptions.

Joyce Martin, of North Memphis, spends hundreds a month, "I have no insurance and I take a lot of medication. I am on disability."

There is a way to save.

The City of Memphis has signed on with the National League of Cities for a  free Prescription Discount Card Program.

Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery introduced the plan and says it's like putting money in your pocket.  

"Health care costs are going up everyday. Every citizen is doing what they can to keep those costs low. The City of Memphis is doing what we can as  well," says Lowery.
You can pick up a discount card at your  library or community center or  print it on-line.

There is no cost to you or the city.

You can go to pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid and Kroger.

Present the card when you fill your prescription and you could save about 23-percent.
"For some people who have insurance there may not be a discount. But you can get a discount for  things that are not covered," says Lowery.

Ten-thousand people have signed on in Memphis, putting the city on the Top 20 Users List.

The National League of Cities launched the program nationwide in 2009 to help skyrocketing prescription prices

"A lot of people around here need help with medication. My grandmother can't even get her medicine. Her  insurance doesn't pay for all her medicine. She has to come out of her pocket," says Carolyn Ellis of North Memphis.

You can print out the card by going to

Enter your city and print the card.

Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery says citizens can also contact him at 901-576-6799 for a free card.

Soon you will also be able to get a text of the card on your smart phone.