Volume 31, No. 45 – December 2, 2011

Louisiana has a new prescription assistance program called the Louisiana Drug Card, which is a free discount prescription drug card program that provides card holders with the lowest plan price on prescriptions at participating pharmacies. The program helps the uninsured and underinsured obtain prescription medications, but residents with insurance can also use the program to get discounts on "non-covered" drugs (e.g., Chantix, Lipitor, Nexium). All residents of Louisiana are eligible to get pharmacy discounts through this program, which can be used to supplement most health insurance plans including Health Savings Accounts and High Deductible Plans. It can also be used as a Medicare Part D supplement by providing discounts on non-covered drugs. The program has no membership restrictions, no income requirements, no age limitations, and no applications to complete. The average savings are roughly 30 percent, but cardholders can receive up to 75 percent savings on medications. The program includes discounts on brand and generic medications. The Discount Prescription Card is pre-activated and accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies around the country, including most major chains. To get a card, visit the Louisiana Drug Card website.