Discount prescription drug cards mailed to homes

PHOENIX - Many of us are still pretty confused about the details of the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare. With so much information to absorb, it's easy to think that a discount drug card mailed right to your house is apart of the plan. But I have an important warning before you decide to use them.

Christine Ross recently got two discount pharmacy cards from the National Prescription Discount Network. The cards claimed they could save her up to 75 percent on prescriptions at Walgreens, Walmart and other pharmacies.

"All of a sudden I get what looks like prescription cards. and it says you've been pre approved," Ross said.

She wondered if it was apart of Obamacare. It's not.

"It starts talking about all the things the new health care is supposed to do for people. And I said 'well that sounds very nice, but something felt fishy about it,'" Ross said.

Turns out Christine's instincts were on to something. The Los Angeles Times recently investigated the card and said it is legitimate. But there's a catch -- the card's parent company Script Relief, is a marketing firm.
    
Script Relief does explain in its promotional materials that they are paid by drug companies when the cards are used.
      
But the LA Times also cautions that with all these cards, you are sharing your personal information. That's something that doesn't sit well with Christine.

"Well I'm real worried about privacy, and too much information out there," she said.
    
So does it benefit you to join? The short answer is--maybe.
        
The website consumerworld.org recently tested several discount drug cards, including ones from Costco and AAA.

The tests concluded that discounts vary but the average savings are nowhere near 75 percent off the listed price. Your savings will likely be closer to 16 percent.   

Here's the bottom line: if you are confused by any health card or letter you get in the mail, call you insurance company or check with Medicare. There is a good chance it has nothing to do with the government or the Affordable Healthcare Act and might be a case where you need to Let Joe Know.

Let me know about your consumer issues by email at Joe@abc15.com or by "Liking" my Let Joe Know Facebook page and telling me about it there.
  

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