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California Academy of Physician Assistants Launches Prescription Drug Discount Card to Help California Families Stay Healthy, Manage Rising Costs of Health Care

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA) today announced that it has partnered with NeedyMeds, a national non-profit organization, to launch a prescription drug discount card that will help Californians lower the costs of their medications and other health care services. The discount card, which is free and can be used by all California families to save up to 80% off the cost of prescription medications, can be used by those without insurance or those who decide not to use their insurance.

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"CAPA and its physician assistant members are dedicated to expanding access to high-quality, cost-effective care for all California citizens. The CAPA drug discount card will help reduce out-of-pocket costs for California consumers, help patients stay healthy, and reduce long-term health costs for California families," said CAPA President Eric Glassman. "Difficult economic times are forcing many Californians to make wrenching and potentially devastating choices between taking their medications or feeding their families and paying rent. The CAPA drug discount card will help keep costs manageable while also helping to ensure that Californians stay on their doctor-prescribed treatment regimes."

The CAPA/NeedyMeds drug discount card is free and open to anyone. There are no income, insurance or residency requirements, and no fees or registration process is needed to use the card. One card can be shared with friends and family members, or patients can print their own. California residents can obtain a card from many local physician assistants, participating allied providers and health care groups, or by downloading a card from the CAPA website,

"At a time when all California families are trying to stretch their budget dollars, every little bit helps. CAPA hopes that all Californians, particularly those from vulnerable or low-income communities, will use the discount card to help afford treatment and stay healthy," added Glassman. "Ensuring that all Californians have access to high quality care is not only the right thing to do from a health perspective, but also makes good financial sense. When patients are healthy and effectively managing their medical conditions, it can mean lower long-term health care costs in the form of fewer treatments or fewer visits to doctors and emergency rooms that are often associated with worsening conditions."

To use the CAPA drug discount card, a California consumer simply presents the discount card to his or her pharmacist along with the desired prescription, and the pharmacist tells the consumer how much can be saved using the card. The drug discount card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other regional chains and local stores. The card cannot be combined with insurance. The card can, however, be used instead of insurance if the insurance has no drug coverage, there is a high drug deductible, there is a low medicine cap that has been met, there is a high copay and the card offers a better price, or if a consumer is in the Medicare Part D "donut hole."

NeedyMeds is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive information on assistance available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care.

For more information about the CAPA Prescription Drug Discount Card, or to download a copy of the card, please visit:  For more information about medical assistance programs, please visit

About CAPA

The Mission of the California Academy of Physician Assistants is to represented and serve PAs statewide. As an advocate of its members for quality healthcare and for their valued, unique alliance with supervising physicians, CAPA will enhance, educate, and empower physician assistants for the ultimate benefit of their patients. 


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