Moore: All residents can participate in drug prescription plan for county
by Alan Reed
Sep 20, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Fiscal Court unanimously agreed to participate in a program to offer all county residents discounted prescription drug costs. The court also approved the proposed four-percent tax rate increase, amended the budget to include a hefty surplus from the previous fiscal year and contributed $2,500 to the Western Kentucky Twin Bridge Committee, among other business.

The Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) announced that it paid membership dues into the National Organization of Counties (NACo) for all Kentucky Counties to participate in discount program.

County Judge Executive Berlin Moore said that the plan was accepted in 57,000 retail pharmacies and provides uninsured and under-insured residents of the county the lowest possible price on prescription drugs.

“The card is available to any citizen of the county who wants one at no cost to them. No tax dollars are used to provide this service. KACo believed this was important for all counties to participate in and have paid our dues to enroll us,” Moore said.

After a unanimous vote by the court, Moore described participation as a “no brainer, since there is no cost.”

The fiscal court distributed an information letter about the program sent by Bob Arnold, the Executive Director of KACo.

“By enrolling in the NACo Prescription Discount Card Program, your county government can save your county residents an average of 21.1-percent of the full retail price of prescription drugs without any cost to the county or participant. With the apparent inability of the Federal and State governments to do anything about the skyrocketing cost of health care, this is something that you can do at the local level to assist your neighbors, friends and constituents,” said Arnold in the letter.

Moore said that details of where and when to obtain a prescription card would be announced once arrangements had been made.

The court moved to amend the current budget with a surplus of $846,200 from last year. The amendment did not specify beyond an account number which four line items retained a surplus.

The court also adopted the four-percent revenue rate for county and hospital taxes. This compensates for increased property values without requiring the county to conduct a public hearing on the issue. Rates of taxation will not be increased.

Moore announced the county’s participation in the West Kentucky Twin Bridge Committee and requested $2,500 be contributed to the county as “seed money” for a lobbying effort to obtain new bridges on Highway 68/80 over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.

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