County promotes discount prescription programWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop is promoting a program to help lower the price of prescription drugs for working families in Lucas County. Konop will visit a job seekers forum at UAW Local 12 on Nov. 24, as well as several senior centers to promote the program. The itinerary is below.
“In these tough economic times, it is essential that we help seniors and working families stay healthy and stretch every dollar,” Konop said.
The Ohio Best Rx program is a free program for Ohio residents who lack prescription drug coverage and senior citizens with Medicare benefits. According to the 2007 Lucas County Health Assessment Report, over 50,000 Lucas County residents lack health insurance and would be eligible for the Ohio’s Best Rx program. Sadly, only approximately 10 percent of residents are currently using this benefit.
To qualify for the program, individuals must be over the age of 60 or within 300% of the federal poverty level($31,200 for a single person, $63,600 for a family of four). The drug card cannot be used in conjunction with any private insurance or Medicaid. Seniors with Medicare benefits are eligible for Ohio’s Best Rx. To apply, individuals can call 1-866-923-7879 or fill out an application online at www.ohiobestrx.org.
The Ohio’s Best Rx program was created by a partnership between drug manufacturers , the Ohio AFL-CIO, and the American Association of Retired Persons. The program was signed into law in 2003 and is currently housed in the Ohio Department of Aging.
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UAW Local 12
2300 Ashland Ave
East Toledo Senior Center
1101 White Street
Chester Zablocki Senior Center