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Georgia Drug Card and United Networks of America Help Support Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional

Georgia Drug Card and United Networks of America Help Support Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional

Pictured from left are: Georgia Drug Card representative – Clyde Richardson, Piedmont Columbus Regional CMN Director – Jessie Doggett, Georgia Drug Card Regional Director – Joy Mcadams.

Georgia Drug Card presented a check for $2,503.60 to Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional.  The area’s only level III NICU is a 46 bed unit with 28 semi-private bays that covers over 20 counties. A donation will be made to your local CMN hospital each time a prescription is processed using Georgia Drug Card.  Please help us support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by using Georgia Drug Card for a discount on your prescriptions today.

Since 2015, the United Networks of America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $2.4 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. Of this, $2,503.60 has been raised for Children’s Hospital at Piedmont Columbus Regional.

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

2019 Miss America Thanks Georgia Drug Card for Supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals


Georgia Drug Card, powered by United Networks of America, attends #ChildrensHospitalsWeek2019 to meet the CMN Champions and their families! Each time you use the Georgia Drug Card to save on your prescription medication, a donation is made to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help children, like Logan, receive essential care and services.

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

Georgia Drug Card, powered by United Networks of America, Presents Donation to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Georgia Drug Card, powered by United Networks of America, Presents Donation to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Joy Mcadams & Bion Williams of Georgia Drug Card present a check to Becca Miller (CMN Events Coordinator)

Serving as 1 of 6 regional perinatal centers in the state and servicing the entire southwestern region, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is a local leader in healthcare. One outstanding feature of this hospital is that they will travel as far as 2 hours to pick up infants within their servicing area and bring them back to the NICU for treatment. Last year alone, this hospital experienced over 550 admissions into their NICU.

Since 2016, Georgia Drug Card has been proud supporter of Phoebe Putney Memorial Health System and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Philanthropic efforts such as ours has helped raise over $4.5 million to help provide everything from life-saving equipment to life-enhancing toys. The Georgia Drug Card team recently presented a check for $5,810.80. Each time the Georgia Drug Card is used locally, a donation is made to help treat a patient at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Since 2015, the United Networks of America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $2.4 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. Of this, $5,810.80 has been raised for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

John Lauck, President and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Meets with Georgia Drug Card

John Lauck, President and CEO of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, Meets with Georgia Drug Card

CMN supporters like the Georgia Drug Card have helped raise over $4.5 million to provide specialized equipment, technology and services to the tiny patients of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA.

Just last week, our team had the grand opportunity to visit the hospital and meet John Lauck, the President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  During that time, he toured several departments, met with hospital leadership, saw equipment and technology purchased with CMN donor dollars and received a check from Georgia Drug Card representing all dollars donated to all the CMN hospitals in the state of Georgia.

Joy McAdams of Georgia Drug Card presents a check for $88,590.35 to John Lauck, President & CEO of CMN

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Receives Support from Georgia Drug Card and United Networks of America

Georgia Drug Card presented a check for $61,647.30 on January 15, 2019 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This CMN Hospital offers access to over 2,600 pediatric physicians and practitioners representing more than 70 pediatric specialties and programs. Last year they served over 1 million patients.  We are a proud partner of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Our partnership helps create awareness for the Georgia Drug Card and helps raise money for the hospital at the same time.  A donation will be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta each time a prescription is processed using the Georgia Drug Card.  We are excited to be a supporter of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and all the miracles they make.

Since 2015, the United Networks of America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $2.4 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. Of this, $61,647.30 has been raised for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Receives Support from Georgia Drug Card and United Networks of America

Pictured left to right:
Foundation program coordinator Nancy Koenig – CMN Director of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Georgia Drug Card Representative – Clyde Richardson
Georgia Drug Card Regional Realtions Director – Joy McAdams

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

Georgia Drug Card and United Networks of America Presents Donation To Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital Midtown Medical Center

Georgia Drug Card Presents Donation To Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital Midtown Medical Center

Pictured left to right are CMN team, Jessie Doggett, Christina Clifton, Georgia Drug Card team, Joy McAdams and Clyde Richardson, CMN team, Raigan Johnson.

Georgia Drug Card presented a donation to CMN directors Christina Clifton and Jessie Doggett at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital Midtown Medical Center on May 22, 2018.  This hospital services 21 counties and they have the areas largest level 3 neonatal intensive care unit.  Phase 2 of the NICU renovation should be completed this summer.  Georgia Drug Card will help provide life-saving care to the children in our community in addition to helping residents of Georgia save money on prescription drugs.  A donation will be made to your local CMN hospital each time a prescription is processed using the Georgia Drug Card.

Since 2015, the United Networks of America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $2.4 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. Of this, $1,610.44 has been raised for Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital Midtown Medic.

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

Georgia Drug Card Supports the Children of Southwest Georgia

Georgia Drug Card Supports the Children of Southwest Georgia

( Left to Right, Becca Miller – Event Coordinator, Center 3 NICU Nursing Staff, John Hudson- Georgia Drug Card Representative)

This week Georgia Drug Card presented a check to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Becca Miller and members of their NICU nursing staff. Contributions like ours help the hospital provide their tiny patients with the absolute best health care available. Critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment and continued research are just a few ways our donation will serve the children of Southwest Georgia. To our loyal members, thank you for helping us make this happen!

Since 2015, the United Networks of America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $2.4 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. Of this, $3,855 has been raised for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

Georgia Drug Card and United Networks of America Give Back to Children's Hospital of Georgia

Georgia Drug Card Presents Donation to Children’s Hospital of Georgia

Grace Carryl – Coordinator with Children’s Hospital of Georgia (left) and Mark Crouch– Georgia Drug Card – Representative (right).

“I had a great time meeting with Grace Carryl and presenting a donation for $3,661.20 to Children’s Hospital of Georgia.  These donations help provide world class facilities, care and technology that helps provide life-saving results to those patients in need.   A donation will be made to Children’s Hospital of Georgia each time a prescription is processed through the Georgia Drug Card.”

Since 2015, the United Networks of America partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised over $2.4 million dollars for local children’s hospitals. Of this, $3,661.20 has been raised for Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

ABOUT UNITED NETWORKS OF AMERICA
United Networks of America is one of the largest providers of value added managed care products and services in the United States. Since 1993, United Networks of America has continued to grow its network to more than 240,000 participating providers serving more than 120.1 million members across the United States of America, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The diverse membership base is a testament to the versatility and value of those networks. United Networks of America clients include TPA’s, insurance companies, associations, universities, federal and state governments, school systems, large employers, among others. Each year, United Networks of America programs continue to receive the highest rankings in the country among value added programs. For more information on United Networks of America please click here

Public Affairs on Peach - Women's Health



Dr. Harkins with the GI Specialists of Georgia discusses colon health and why colonoscopies are still the gold standard for screening. The Georgia Drug Card is their preferred card to help patients with costly prescriptions.

Georgia Drug Card is the only program that partners with the Medical Association of Georgia and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

National Women's Health Week Topic: Skin Care



Top Surgeon and Physician Dr. McNeel discusses women’s skin care, prescription savings and our support of Children’s Miracle Network.

Georgia Drug Card and The Center of Allergy and Asthma - National Women's Health Week

Georgia Drug Card partners with The Center of Allergy and Asthma for National Women’s Health Week. Dr Kharod shares that using sublingual allergy drops can be more time efficient for busy women needing allergy treatments.

Georgia Drug Card and Premier Family Care - National Women's Health Week

Premier Care Family Medicine's Josette Etienne NP stresses women's screenings and using the Georgia drug card for prescription savings.

Georgia Drug Card attends Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Breakfast

Georgia Drug Card Tours and Presents Donation to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

The Georgia Drug Card team enjoyed provided a breakfast this morning in the lobby of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The only charge for coffee and a bagel was ... a smile :)

Georgia Drug Card Tours and Presents Donation to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Georgia Drug Card attends Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Breakfast

Pictured left to right: Program Director- John Cenerazzo, Regional Representatives- Clyde Richardson, John Hudson, Denise Amaya, Program Coordinator Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta- Nancy Koenig.

Georgia Drug Card team taking a tour of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and presenting donations to date. Happy to help children and help people save on prescriptions!

Georgia Drug Card Attends 2017 House of Delegates Meeting

Georgia Drug Card attends 2017 House of Delegates Meeting Georgia Drug Card attends 2017 House of Delegates Meeting

Pictured : Denise Amaya, Regional Representative - Mark Crouch, Regional Representative - Tom Kornegay, Director of Communications -MAG

Save money on your prescriptions with Georgia Drug Card

(Albany, GA) – As the American population ages, the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed. The cost of prescription drugs rose by an average of 11 per cent per year between 1996 and 2008. Kemberley Floyd has been a pharmacist for about five years. She's noticed the trend as well. She said, "they have probably more than doubled, if not tripled."

And for people whose health depend on monthly medications, tough decisions must be made.

Dr. Jaza Marina Brown from the South Albany Medical Center said, "oftentimes people have to make quick decisions...is it going to be my mortgage, my rent or the medication for my diabetes."

People like Sonia Coxwell."There's medication that I take for migraine headaches," she said. That medicine is not cheap."For like nine tablets is a little over $200," she said.

Even though she has insurance, it didn't cover the entire cost. And all over Georgia there are thousands of people who don't even have insurance, especially in rural areas. But while the costs of prescriptions can cause financial hardship, there are ways that you can save the next time that you come to the pharmacy. Coxwell's solution was to sign up for what's known as the 340-B drug program. It's available to anyone who goes to a community health care clinic. And it's taken a bite out of those high drug bills. "With my medication it cuts it in half," she said.

It's one of several programs that can help to save some money on prescriptions. Another one is known as the Georgia Drug Card. Like the 340-B program everyone is eligible, regardless of insurance coverage or income. Floyd has noticed that both programs have a definite effect on her patients. Where they used to skip a dose now and then: "now we have a patient that can walk in the door with a 30 day supply, get all 30 tablets, take them on a daily basis," she said.

Making sure that patients follow their doctor's orders when it comes to their medicines is the best way to make sure that they truly get healed from what ails them. And if they do that, then there will be a brighter future for them and their loved ones.

If you want to sign up for the Georgia Drug Card, you can go to their web site.

Georgia Drug Card Tours CMN Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Georgia Drug Card tours Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Georgia Drug Card tours Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Pictured : Joy Mcadams, Mark Crouch, Denise Amaya, John Hudson (Clowns) Dr. MeMe, Dr. Doo Hickey

July 20th, 2017 - CMN Director Nancy Koenig gave Georgia Drug Card a tour of the various departments at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The biggest surprise to all of the Georgia Drug Card Team was that the #1 cause for visits to the trauma department was child abuse. They were also all very impressed with the systematic process of moving patients along and the efficiency of the ER. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, is known for details. An example of this is keeping the same movie consistent throughout all areas and all departments. So a child getting moved from waiting room to hospital room won't miss a beat. Seems small, but that's "thinking like a kid".

Georgia Drug Card also had a boardroom meeting with Jill Bernhardt, Manager of Cumulus radio and Sharon Robinson with the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta foundation. They discussed putting Georgia Drug Card intermittently on one of the radiothon hours. Georgia Drug Card will educate their 8 radio stations which reach over 2 million listeners about the prescription savings program.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Ad: Pharmacy Times (May 2016)

Pharmacy Times (May 2016)

A Children's Miracle Network Hospitals ad was featured in Pharmacy Times (May 2016 Issue). A donation will be made to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital each time a prescription is processed through the Rx Assistance Program.

Pharmacy Times (May 2016)

Free Prescription Drug Card Program Set to Launch

(Atlanta, GA) – Program officials have confirmed that they will announce the official launch of the free statewide prescription assistance program at a news conference tomorrow in Atlanta.

Georgia Drug Card is being launched to help the uninsured residents of Georgia afford their prescription medications.

Georgians can obtain prescription cards at various hospitals, clinics, and other card distribution sites that are being set up across Georgia. The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is working with the program to create additional locations. The cards are accepted at more than 50,000 pharmacies across the country. Anyone interested in learning more can visit www.georgiadrugcard.com.

The program is being touted as the answer for Georgia residents that find it difficult to navigate the confusing maze of prescription programs that have appeared in recent years. Georgia Drug Card is open to anyone living or working in Georgia regardless of age or income.

Healthwatch: Georgia Drug Card Available Now

Nearly 20 percent of all Georgians have no health insurance, and many don't have prescription drug coverage. But, a new card may help you get a break at the pharmacy. Health Watch reporter Beth Galvin dropped by Good Day Xtra to tell us all about it.

Free Prescription Drug Card Launched in Georgia

(Atlanta, GA) – Georgia residents now have access to a free prescription assistance program. The statewide prescription drug card program, called Georgia Drug Card, is scheduled to officially commence today. Georgia Drug Card is being launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of Georgia gain access to significant savings on prescription medications.

Georgia residents can download a "FREE" card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.georgiadrugcard.com. Residents can also obtain cards at various health centers, hospitals, clinics, businesses, and other card distribution sites that are being set up across the state. The cards are accepted at more than 50,000 pharmacies across the country. Anyone not able to access the website, or otherwise obtain a member card, can visit any CVS/pharmacy in Georgia to have their prescription processed through the program.

"This program is going to be an important tool to help the residents of Georgia offset the rising costs of prescription medications," states Georgia Drug Card Asst. V.P., John Cenerazzo. "The launch of this program couldn't have come at a better time as the struggling U.S. economy continues to leave more and more people without jobs and benefits."

The program has already received support from organizations like The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG). MAG President Gary C. Richet, M.D. says "The Georgia Drug Card is ideal for people that either don't have health insurance or who have health insurance coverage with no prescription drug benefits," Dr. Richter says, adding, "And that's fairly commonplace with a lot of today's health savings accounts and other high-deductible health plans. We see this as a simple and cost-effective way to help our patients get the prescriptions they need." MAG was formed in 1849 and with more than 5,000 members is the leading organization for physicians in Georgia.

Georgia Drug Card is a simple solution to the confusing maze of discount programs that have appeared in recent years. Many of these programs only cover certain drugs, charge fees, and some have membership restrictions such as age and income requirements. Georgia Drug Card is open to all residents and is easy to use. Furthermore, this program is also open to anyone currently working for Georgia based companies even if they are located out of State.

Georgia Drug Card Attends CMN Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pancake Party Event

Is there anything better than a PANCAKE Party? Georgia Drug Card representatives took part in the fun at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital! Breakfast and gifts provided by IHOP and Center for Allergy and Asthma.

Georgia Drug Card at Children's Miracle Network Pancake Party Georgia Drug Card at Children's Miracle Network Pancake Party Georgia Drug Card at Children's Miracle Network Pancake Party Georgia Drug Card at Children's Miracle Network Pancake Party

Free Statewide Georgia Drug Card Expands Program

The residents of Georgia will soon find that getting help to lower their prescription drug costs can be found right around the corner. Program officials announced that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) and Georgia State Medical Association, Inc. have officially agreed to expand card distribution sites for Georgia's free statewide prescription assistance program.

Together, Georgia Drug Card, MAG, GRHA and Georgia State Medical Association, Inc. are currently educating all clinics, hospitals, county health departments and urgent care clinics throughout the State about the program. Additionally, Georgia Drug Card is working with over 87% of the hospitals in Georgia to help case managers and social workers to provide uninsured and underinsured patients with affordable prescription medications.

Georgia Drug Card, which is open to all Georgia residents, is a prescription assistance program that provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs at most retail pharmacy locations. The program was launched in July 2010 and has already saved Georgia residents millions of dollars on their prescription medications.

"The best thing about the Georgia Drug Card is that it's free and saves those who don't have health insurance money on their prescriptions. It is hassle free and accepted at most major pharmacies, states Matt Caseman, Executive Director of GRHA. "The Georgia Rural Health Association is proud to partner with Georgia Drug Card, which should be commended for the great service they are providing our state."

Georgians can get a free prescription drug card by visiting one of the many card distribution sites around the state or by downloading a free card at www.GeorgiaDrugCard.com. Anyone not able to access the website, or otherwise obtain a member card, can visit any CVS/pharmacy location in Georgia. Simply ask the pharmacy to process your prescription through the Georgia Drug Card.

Georgia Drug Card Selected as Best Rx Program in Georgia for 2011

(Atlanta, GA) – RxResource.org announced today that Georgia Drug Card has been voted “The 2011 Best Rx Assistance Program in Georgia”. Programs were rated by industry professionals across the following categories: Program Access, Program Benefits, Customer Support, Prescription Formulary List, Rx Discounts, and Network Coverage. Launched in July 2010, the program has saved Georgians more than $22 million on their prescription drugs.

About Georgia Drug Card

Georgia Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program open to anyone regardless of age or income. There are no forms to fill out and no restrictions on membership. The program was launched in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), Georgia Chamber and the Georgia State Medical Association (GSMA) to help the uninsured and underinsured afford their prescription medications. Those with health insurance can also use the program on non-covered drugs. Both brand and generic medications are eligible for discounts ranging from 30%-75%. Georgia residents can obtain a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies by visiting www.GeorgiaDrugCard.com. Anyone not able to obtain a card can visit any CVS/pharmacy location in Georgia and ask to have their prescription processed through the Georgia Drug Card. CVS/pharmacy has been named the preferred pharmacy for the program by offering this service to residents. Georgia Drug Card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country, including all major chains. For more information, visit the website at www.GeorgiaDrugCard.com.

About Rx Resource

Rx Resource is a site designed to provide knowledge and support to individuals looking to simplify the confusing maze of discount programs and patient assistance programs that have appeared in recent years. Rx Resource provides a wide array of information, services and expertise for those looking for healthcare relief. For more information, visit the website at www.RxResource.org.

Free prescription discount card promises to save on drug costs

(Augusta, GA) – You don't need much to qualify for a new prescription discount card. If you live in Georgia, just a name and an email address.

Just print the card and you have it. You can even compare prices of your prescriptions at local pharmacies.

"It's free to all residents. It covers all medications. It discounts as high as 75 percent," says spokesman John Cenezarro.

The average savings is 30 percent. The discount is funded by some pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.

"You're going to pay the lowest price for that prescription medication, whatever the lowest price is for the pharmacy, that's what you're going to pay," he said.

That's for all kinds of prescriptions, including those not covered by insurance. The card is geared toward the uninsured and under-insured.

"Even if you can't find a use for the prescription side on the back of the card, you can find use for all the additional savings that are attached to the program," Cenezarro adds.

That includes smoking cessation drugs, eyeglasses, even teeth whitening, vitamins, and diabetic supplies.

But some pharmacists are skeptical, saying they're already offering drugs at lower prices than you can get with the card. It's not the only card of its kind out there. And as of today, not all pharmacies know about it.

Said Cenezarro: "I think there's 1,400 pharmacies in Georgia. That's a lot of pharmacies for one person to visit."

In 2003, the Government Accountability Office found that savings depends on the pharmacy you go to and the type of card used. That study found savings between 2 and 21 dollars per prescription for people who have Medicare only.

If you want to check pricing per person, per pharmacy, you actually have to fill the prescription.

Georgia Drug Card Now Available

Starting Wednesday, Georgians can begin downloading a new discount prescription drug card. The Georgia Drug Card is free and can be used at 60,000 pharmacies nationwide for both brand name and generic drugs.

There are no enrollment forms, no restrictions and no age or income requirements. The card can be downloaded online. To download the card click here.

New Prescription Discount Card

(Atlanta) – Georgia residents can now get discounts on prescription medications thanks to the new Georgia Drug Card. It's free, downloadable, and requires no enrollment forms. WABE's Martha Dalton has more.

John Cenerazzo is the Assistant Vice President for Development of the Georgia Drug Card. He says anyone can use it:

"It is launched for the uninsured, underinsured, and also to help residents of Georgia that have insurance, but have medications that aren't covered by insurance companies."

Cenerazzo says unlike some other programs, there are no age or income requirements. And he says on average, patients will save about 30 on prescription costs.

Spokesman Brian Oliver says tax payers aren't footing the bill for the plan.

"The program is completely funded through the pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies."

Oliver says it's easy to get a card. You can download one from their website at: georgiadrugcard.com. If you don't have Internet access, he says, they're also available at medical clinics and hospitals.

Free Prescription Drug Cards

Georgians can begin downloading a new discount prescription drug card which guarantees the lowest cost on prescriptions for the entire family. The Georgia Prescription Assistance Discount Drug Card Program was launched yesterday.

The card is free and can be used at 60,000 pharmacies nationwide for both brand name and generic drugs. There are no enrollment forms, no restrictions and no age or income requirements. All people living in Georgia can apply. Just log on the website and download a card at www.georgiadrugcard.com.

New card provides major discounts on prescriptions

DeKalb residents can now join other Georgians in free participation in a new program which gives access to the lowest prices possible for prescriptions.

Pharmacies began offering the statewide prescription drug card program, titled Georgia Drug Card, on July 14. The program has given state residents savings from 30 to 75 percent, said Brian Oliver, senior vice president of program administrator United Networks of America.

More than 104,000 users have seen $1.4 million in savings since the program was introduced in its "soft launch" phase on Oct. 1, said Ryan Jumonville, president and CEO of United Networks of America.

The Georgia program has proven more popular than the other 39 states it is available, he said.

"We have had a lot of support from the physician community," Jumonville said.

The program provides cardholders the lowest plan price on prescriptions at participating pharmacies. Medication pricing and discounts are calculated on the plans' lowest negotiated contract price and the pharmacy's "usual and customary" price.

Medical Association of Georgia is a key supporter, he said.

Medical Association of Georgia President Gary C. Richter, M.D., said the Georgia Drug Card is ideal for people who either don't have health insurance or have health insurance coverage with no prescription drug benefits.

"And that's fairly commonplace with a lot of today's health savings accounts and other high-deductible health plans," Richter said in a prepared release. "We see this as a simple and cost-effective way to help our patients get the prescriptions they need."

The card is accepted at more than 50,000 pharmacies nationwide. It is sponsored by pharmacies nationwide.

Most major pharmacies offer the program. Participants can go online, visit www.georgiadrugcard.com, and download the card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies.

Those who choose not to use a computer to access the program can obtain cards at most major pharmacy chains and hospitals. Even without a card, participants can go to any CVS pharmacy and their prescription will be processed through the program on request.

Information: visit www.georgiadrugcard.com.

Georgia Drug Card available for uninsured, underinsured patients

MAG members are being reminded that uninsured and underinsured patients can take advantage of the Georgia Drug Card. The free program allows Georgia residents to receive prescription discounts that average 32 percent below the cost of both brand and generic medications.

The Georgia Drug Card is pre-activated - so it is ready to use, and it's accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies around the country. There are no age or income requirements or enrollment forms to complete. E-mail John Cenerazzo at johnc@georgiadrugcard.com or go to www.georgiadrugcard.com to obtain the Georgia Drug Card.

More Georgians Have Access to Prescription Savings

Statewide Prescription Assistance Program Offers a Prescription to High Healthcare Costs

The Centers for Disease Control reports that Americans spend more on prescription drugs than people in any other country: some $45 billion in out-of-pocket dollars in the last year alone. With that in mind, the Georgia Drug Card is reminding physicians that their patients who aren't insured or who take prescription drugs that aren't covered by their health insurance plans, can use the Georgia Drug Card to obtain discounts of up to 80 percent off the retail price for brand and generic FDA-approved medications.

Medical Association of Georgia has been working closely with Georgia Drug Card to distribute free discount prescription cards to all Georgians. The goal of the partnership is to provide additional card distribution channels and create awareness so that all residents will have access to this free statewide prescription assistance program. Georgia Drug Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. The program can also be used by people that have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans.

"We believe that the Georgia Drug Card is an easy and innovative way to help patients afford the medications they need," explained Donald Palmisano Jr., CEO of MAG.

Another unique component of the program is their preferred pharmacy option. Georgia Drug Card has chosen CVS/pharmacy as their preferred pharmacy so that residents who don't have access to a computer and can't obtain a hard card, can visit any CVS/pharmacy to have their prescriptions processed through Georgia Drug Card. Residents can simply reference "Georgia Drug Card" to have their prescription processed through the program. Georgia Drug Card is accepted at over 56,000 participating regional and national pharmacies.

"We strongly believe that this is an easy and innovative way to help the residents of Georgia find affordable prescription options," states Program Director, John A. Cenerazzo III.

Georgia Drug Card has helped residents save over $43 million since its inception in July 2010. You can help by encouraging your patients to print a free Georgia Drug Card at www.GeorgiaDrugCard.com. Georgia Drug Card is also available as an app for iPhone and Android. You can search "Free Rx iCard" in the app store. Any physicians who are interested in ordering free cards for their clinic/hospital can email John A. Cenerazzo III, Program Director, at johnc@georgiadrugcard.com .