HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Gov. Ned Lamont and State Comptroller Sean Scanlon announced the launch of a new prescription drug discount program on Thursday.
This program will allow all Connecticut residents to access discounts on their prescription drugs starting on Monday, Oct. 2.
The discount card, called Array RX, is a free digital card that residents can download on their cellphones from the official website: ArrayRx Card.
These discounts will be available at 98% of pharmacies across the state.
With this new program, state officials say the average person will see an 80% savings on generic drugs and a 20% savings on brand-name drugs.
|Product Name||Approximate Cash Price*||Approximate Price with ArrayRx discount*|
|Omeprazole (20 mg – 30 tablets)||$93.01||$12.27|
|Atorvastatin Calcium (40 mg – 30 tablets)||$127.32||$9.89|
|Hydrocodone Bitartrate/Acetaminophen (325 mg / 5 mg – 12 tablets)||$24.92||$6.70|
|Lisinopril (30 mg – 30 tablets)||$28.51||$8.38|
|Amlodipine Besylate (5 mg – 30 tablets)||$50.64||$8.22|
*This is the approximate cost at the time of publishing and is subject to change.
“At a time when the drug costs in this country are going up and up and up for the average family member, business owner, senior, this much-needed relief will be a big savings to the people of Connecticut,” Scanlon said.
However, while using the discount card, officials say you cannot use health insurance or Medicare.
State officials say that the goal is to help people with high deductible health plans, people without health insurance and seniors on Medicare who do not have all their medications covered.
Lamont said that the current state of health care is not ideal.
“It’s a hot mess, and with that said, we’re trying to do what we can,” Lamont said. “If we can make it just a little bit more affordable, that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The discount program was part of Lamont’s healthcare affordability bill which was approved by the General Assembly and signed into law in June. People in states such as Nevada, Oregon and Washington are already using it.
“It’s really exciting to be at this day because sometimes it feels so impossible to come up against the goliath that is drug companies to lower prices for consumers,” Anna Doroghazi, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) state director for advocacy and outreach said.