Maryland Rx Card provides drug discounts
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society based in Baltimore, continues to work with Mar yland Rx Card to create awareness and help Maryland residents obtain discount drug cards, according to a news release.
Together, Mar yland Rx Card and MedChi are working to educate physicians, clinics, hospitals, county health departments and urgent care clinics throughout the state to distribute hard cards to anyone in need. This free prescription card is available online for ever yone in Mar yland by visiting http://www.medchi.org/MDRXcard and printing a card. Residents with no internet access can visit any Giant pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to process their prescription through the Maryland Rx Card.
Carmen Konert, program development director for Maryland Rx Card, said in the release that “since its inception in 2010, the Mar yland Rx Card has saved $97,258,644 in drug costs for uninsured and underinsured Marylanders.”
All Mar yland residents are eligible to participate in the Maryland Rx Card program. There are no restrictions to membership or applications to fill out. The card is accepted at over 56,000 regional and national pharmacies.
Under the Maryland Rx Card Program more than 200,000 Mar ylanders have received a free prescription drug card since the program launched in June 2009.
The plan is helpful for those with no insurance, but it is just as important for people with high deductible plans. The Maryland Rx Card can be used by individuals who have high deductible plans, do not qualify for publicly funded programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and by people who receive their medications through charity care providers (under 340B, a federally funded program which grants discounts to providers) and require a drug that is not available to them.
“MedChi is very concerned about drug prices and that’s why we work with the Maryland Rx Card. Patients need to have access to their medicines; price should not be a barrier to their access to drugs,” Gene Ransom, MedChi CEO, said in the news release. MedChi is working on other pharmaceutical cost related issues to help patients have access to their medicine.