New contract for county’s prescription drug program

Anoka County has changed vendors for the prescription drug card program that is available to county residents.

The Anoka County Board first facilitated the prescription discount drug program some four years ago by approving a contract with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to operate the program in the county.

The county board last month approved a new contract with a different vendors to run the program – ProAct, Inc.

According to Dee Guthman, associate county administrator, under the NACo program, the county had the responsibility to market the program and distribute the discount cards.

With the ProAct contract that’s not the case and ProAct has better discounts, Guthman said.

“This program is at no cost to the county or its citizens,” she said.

ProAct, Inc. offers discounts on prescription drugs, vision, LASIK, hearing and dental services at no cost to the county, according to Guthman.

“Anoka County has no responsibility in enrollment, claim submissions, payments or record retention,” Guthman told the county board.

The program is designed for county residents who pay out of pocket for prescription medications, she said.

The discount card cannot be used together with an insurance program to reduce copays or deductible, Guthman said.

However, one discount card can be used by everyone in the same household, she said.

According to Guthman, through the county partnership with ProAct, a free prescription drug discount card is being mailed to all Anoka County households.

The cards can be used at more than 56,000 pharmacies nationwide, Guthman said.

Residents will be able to save 10 to 20 percent on brand name drugs and 20 to 70 percent on generic drugs, she said.

And the card can be used to save money on pet medications when filled at participating pharmacies, Guthman said.

The contract with ProAct, Inc. is for two years and renewable.

ProAct, Inc. is a pharmacy benefit management company.

It has an office in Maple Grove, said Anoka County Board Chairperson Rhonda Sivarajah, who called the program a “no cost, no hassle way to save money on your prescription.”

According to the ProAct website, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kinney Drugs, Inc., an ESOP company, headquartered in Gouverneur, N.Y.

It was incorporated in 1999 after operating as Kinney Managed Care Services for six years.

People can print their own discount cards at the ProAct website at or call 1-877-776-2285.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]