Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders
94 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079
CONTACT: Deborah Turner-Fox, Clerk of the Board/Administrator
July 23, 2003
PRESCRIPTION DISCOUNT PROGRAM EXPANDED TO ALL SALEM COUNTY RESIDENTS
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Now all Salem County residents have an additional way to save money on prescription drugs.
"Since the rapid reception of our prescription plan has been so beneficial to County senior citizens, we decided to expand the plan to all Salem County residents," said Freeholder Director Jack Kugler.
The Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders expanded the Garden State Pharmacy Owners Provider Services Corporation (GSPOPS) prescription savings program to include any Salem County resident for a low annual fee of $20 per household or discounted three-year fee of $40 per household.
This expanded program can benefit young adults living at home not covered by their parents' employer pharmacy benefit plans. One small fee covers all guardians and dependents living in the same household. Additionally applicants will not be denied even if they have a pre-existing condition.
"There is no cost to county government because all administration is done through GSPOPS, so this is truly a win-win situation for our residents and the county," stated Deputy Director Chuck Sullivan.
GSPOPS administers similar programs in several other counties in New Jersey, including Middlesex, Mercer, Bergen, and Somerset as well as approximately 90 municipalities in New Jersey. Savings to participants range from 10 to 50 percent off regular retail process on brand-name generic drugs.
Residents having questions about which prescription plan is best for them should consult with their pharmacists. Additionally, Salem County senior citizens may contact the Office on Aging toll free at to discuss any of the prescription drug discount plans available under the Med-Ease program; a program designed to provide easy access to prescription assistance information.
Kugler said application forms are on the Salem County’s government web site at salemco.org and at the Office on Aging and throughout county public locations. County residents may also call GSPOPS directly at to obtain a form. After completing and mailing the application back along with the required proof of residency and membership fee, members will be mailed a Prescription Savings Card. Simply present the pharmacy the Prescription Savings Card with the prescriptions to be filled or refilled.
There is no limit on the number of prescriptions covered. There are no quantity limits; participates can receive as much medication as prescribed by their doctor. There are no deductibles to meet and other than the initial membership application, no forms to fill out. All brand name and generic drugs, that require a prescription under federal and state law, are included and there are no exclusions.
The Prescription Savings Card is accepted throughout over 1,700 participating chains and independent pharmacies in New Jersey and over 56,000 in all 50 states and U.S. Territories.
"This Administration is analyzing every opportunity to improve county residents' quality of life such as stabilizing the rising costs of various health programs, especially prescription drugs" stated Kugler.
Earlier this year Salem County government made a seamless transition to a new employee prescription drug program administrator expecting to save approximately $50,000.00 annually.