The Louisiana Drug Card Program is giving free prescription discount cards to every Louisiana resident. There are no restrictions on age or income, and no paperwork to fill out. Since the program's inception, 34,685 people have enrolled and saved over 1.5 million dollars. Saving on prescription drugs is as easy as logging onto www.louisianadrugcard.com and typing your name and your e-mail address to download a personalized card. The discount cards are generated instantly after registration and can be printed out and used immediately.

According to the US Census Bureau, between 2004 and 2006, the three year average of those without health insurance was estimated at 18.6% of Louisiana's population.

The Louisiana Drug Card Program also provides discounts on such things as eye glasses, contacts, LASIK surgery, hearing exams and hearing aids. Card users can expect to save an average of 23 to 30 percent and in some instances users can save up to 75 percent on prescriptions drugs. The discounts apply to virtually every drug that requires a prescription and is not limited to brand name drugs or drugs made by certain pharmaceutical companies.

"We see the need for the Louisiana Drug Card Program and we hope to reach more residents of our state in the 2008 campaign of the program. We also want to thank groups like Rite Aid, Louisiana Health Plan, Louisiana Department of Social Services, LA CHIP, Health Access America, New Orleans Dept. of Health, Baton Rouge Clinic and many others who have helped to reach people who need more affordable prescriptions. We also invite any other organizations who need access to the program for there employees or patients." Annie Claire Bass, Program Director, stated.

The prescription drug card isn't unique to just Louisiana. In fact, a version of this card is distributed in New York, Alabama, Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado and Tennessee.

The cards are valid at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies and include such places as Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Target, CVS, Winn-Dixie and many others. Visitors can find participating pharmacies in their area by clicking the "pharmacy locator" tab on the home page of the Louisiana Drug Card's website.

The Louisiana drug card can be used by those Louisiana residents who are uninsured or underinsured and who do not qualify for publicly funded programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. The program even covers some pet medications that are offered at the participating pharmacies. A complete list of prescriptions that are discounted by this program can be found on the website by clicking on the "medication pricing" link.

The program has a "Spirit" and a "Freedom" program and Louisiana residents are encouraged to register for both cards to maximize their savings.

For more information on the Louisiana Prescription Drug Card Program visit www.louisianadrugcard.com. For anyone needing assistance in getting a card or understanding how to use it, call 1-877-321-6755.

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