Nevada Joins Oregon And Washington In The Prescription Drug Waiver Program. What Do You Think About It?

The debut of ArrayRx, a prescription medicine discount card, was announced by Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak on Thursday. Sisolak claimed that regardless of their income, age, or citizenship, Nevadans will be able to save up to 80% on generic prescription prescriptions and 20% on name-brand medications.

Nevada currently participates in ArrayRx Solutions, formerly known as the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium, which enables Oregon, Washington, and Nevada to pool their purchasing power to negotiate lower pricing. During his State of the State speech in February, Sisolak made the programme announcement.

When the state legislature of Washington sought a solution to the escalating expense of prescription pharmaceuticals, ArrayRx Solutions was born. The Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium was established by a partnership between Washington and Oregon in 2006 with the goal of reducing costs by negotiating with manufacturers and establishing discounts based on volume purchases.

Nevada residents can sign up online to receive their free digital discount card, which works on all prescriptions that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including insulin, psychiatric medications, and asthma medications.

According to Beth Slamowitz, senior policy advisor for pharmacy at the Department of Health and Human Services, 15 counties in the state currently have access to the service, and attempts are being made to open pharmacies in Esmeralda and Storey.

According to a University of Illinois study linking pharmacy access to health outcomes, pharmacy deserts are low-income neighborhoods that are either more than a mile distant from a pharmacy regardless of access to a car or are more than half a mile away from a drugstore and have restricted access to cars.

As in many states, she noted, “there are absolutely pharmacy deserts that exist in this state, especially in the rural areas.” The card can be used outside of state boundaries and there are more than 50,000 participating pharmacies in the United States.

According to the state pharmacy desert map created by the telehealth company Telepharm, there are more than 40 villages in Nevada that are more than 10 miles from the closest pharmacy, some of which are close to the Oregon border.

According to Slamowitz, the program’s statewide coordination enables those who live in a pharmacy desert close to the Oregon border to take advantage of the savings both there and in Washington state.

94% of pharmacies in the 15 Nevada counties that are now participating do so, with 100% participation in 11 of those counties. She added that independent pharmacies like Refill Pharmacy, where the press conference was held, as well as bigger pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS, accept the ArrayRx discount card.

Additionally, some over-the-counter medications and vaccinations are covered by the card.

Those with high deductible plans or those who are uninsured or underinsured will stand to gain the most from the program. According to Slamowitz, it will also improve access to prescription drugs for low-income families, non-citizens, and people without legal status.

Any Nevada address may serve as the required in-state address, enabling access to prescription drugs for more migrant and vulnerable groups.

Nevada Joins Oregon And Washington In The Prescription Drug
Nevada Joins Oregon And Washington In The Prescription Drug

A transaction fee of under $2 is incurred each time a pharmacy submits a claim to ArrayRx, however, this fee is already factored into the discount the pharmacy has committed to in order to take part in the program.

Senate Bill 380, which requires the state to monitor the pricing of prescription pharmaceuticals costing more than $40, was strengthened by Nevada legislators and added to the state’s Nevada Drug Transparency Program. A different bill, Senate Bill 396, enables the state to negotiate multi-juridstriction purchase contracts with companies like ArrayRx to lower the price of prescription medications.

The application gives users the option to select ArrayRx or their insurance based on price. The cost on ArrayRx might not always be the best offer, though.

The state provided $250,000 to advertise the new service through bilingual public service advertising during the Interim Finance Committee meeting on August 17. These declarations have not yet gone live.

According to Donna Sullivan, chief pharmacy officer for the Washington Health Care Authority, between 2003 and 2022, 1.2 million members in Oregon and Washington benefited from the ArrayRx services. We encourage Nevadans to benefit from the same ArrayRx Card discounts on prescription medications.

Each individual living in the family must apply for their own card. Nevada residents can go to arrayrxcard.com to sign up for the free program.

It’s easy to sign up, and after that, all you have to do is visit the counter to see how much the prescription will cost. This will result in huge savings for many people, according to Sisolak.

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