drug card available free
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
The new discount prescription card is now available
free through Ripley County. The county signed a contract to make
free prescription drug discount cards available under a program
sponsored by the National Association of Counties.
These cards are available at the Ripley County Auditors
office and may be used by all county residents regardless of existing
health coverage. This card will offer a significant savings
for the uninsured and the under insured residents of Ripley County,
and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage may use
the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their
health plan, said County Auditor Mary Ann McCoy. You can
save an average of 20% on all commonly prescribed prescriptions.
You do not have to be in the Medicare program to participate.
There will be no cost to the county taxpayers for the card. There
is no enrollment form, no membership fee and no restrictions or
limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their family members
may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered
by insurance. More than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies
will honor the card.
In other business at the Ripley County Commissioners meeting on
Monday, September 24:
A public hearing on reassessment will be held on Wednesday,
October 10 at 6:00 p.m. If the state forces Ripley County to have
their property reassessed for the year, it will cost the county
thousands of dollars. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting.
The new Ripley County Road Atlas has arrived. These books
will replace the old county maps. They are available for $2.00
at the Ripley County Auditors office on the first floor
of the courthouse in Versailles.
Wayne Peace, director of emergency management, proposed
a no burn proclamation because of drought conditions. Commissioners
approved and it went into effect immediately.
Attorney Neil Comer said the final bill had arrived for
legal expenses against Pinnacle Entertainment to challenge the
extent of reduction Belterra was giving to the county. The $38,000
cost will be prorated back to the towns in the same manner as
the distribution of funds.
Ted Spurlock, the countys representative on the Economic
Development Board, gave an update on the new industrial park located
south of Versailles. The upscale business park is nearly shovel
ready and has had many inquiries from businesses already.
Auditor Mary Ann McCoy said she had many responses on the
land and stripped trailer at Pierceville that was featured in
the newspaper. The commissioners said they appreciated all the
help from the public and will follow up.
Jerry Ison was informed that he would have to seek his
own legal counsel for a dispute regarding a fence.
Cathy May gave a presentation to the commissioners on the
Role Model Program through the high schools and sponsored by the
Ripley County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program.
Randy Reed of AFLAC will be meeting with county employees
to offer them a pre-tax benefit savings account.
All three commissioners were in attendance: Bob Reiners, Chuck
Folz and Lawrence Nickell. County Attorney Neil Comer and Auditor
Mary Ann McCoy were present to advise the commissioners. The next
meeting of the Ripley County Commissioners will be held on Friday,
October 5 at 8:00 a.m. at the Commissioners Room of the
Ripley County Courthouse annex. The change in the regular date
is due to Columbus Day being a county holiday.
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