Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has just introduced The Union County Wellness Discount Program. This new discount program enables all Union County residents to receive a savings of 10 percent to 50 percent or more on prescription drugs. The program was designed to assist Union County residents who have no health insurance plan, and to assist residents who have health plans that provide little or no prescription drug coverage.
The discount can range up to 75% or even more on certain medications. The average savings is approximately 30%. Discounts are also available on hearing aids, dental care, pet medications, diabetes supplies, and eye care.
“In these tough economic times, we felt it was important to ensure that all Union County residents have more opportunities to save money on health care,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Daniel P. Sullivan. “As soon as we heard about this program, we knew it was right for Union County.”
The Union County Wellness Program is a discount program, not a form of health insurance. No fees, enrollment forms, or claim forms are needed to participate. Union County residents can simply download free membership cards by following the instructions on the Union County website at www.ucnj.org/wellnessdiscount.
“Access to health care should be simple and affordable for all, so the Wellness Program is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Deborah P. Scanlon. “I’d like to encourage all Union County residents to get their free Union County Wellness Program card.”
Union County provides a full range of services and referrals for persons in need of assistance, including seniors and those with disabilities. Persons with foreclosure issues can receive free guidance and referrals from the County’s non-profit partner organization, the Home Ownership Preservation Foundation, toll free at 888-995-4673.
When the discount card is presented to a participating pharmacy, the cardholder receives the best discount available based on average wholesale prices, in-store promotions, or any other available discount. Major pharmacies in Union County are participating, along with thousands throughout New Jersey and the U.S.
Each participant needs to have their own card, but one person can download cards for family members, friends, co-workers, and organizations. Employers can download cards for their employees, and health care professionals can download cards for their patients.
There are no age limits, income limits, waiting periods, or other restrictions. The program also includes pre-existing conditions, and persons with other plans including Medicare Part D or high deductible plans can still participate.
Persons without Internet access can request a card by mail by leaving a phone message with their name and address or phone number at The Union County Wellness Program, 908-527-4750. Persons with questions about the program may also leave their phone number in order to receive a call back.
The free Wellness Program discount cards are also being distributed this week at the Public Information Van at the Union County MusicFest in Oak Ridge Park, Clark. For all MusicFest information, visit www.ucmusicfest.com.
The Union County Wellness Program is modeled on a program initiated in New Jersey by Bergen County. Participating pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies make the program possible by supporting the discounted pricing.