The problem, said McQueen, is some seniors will never reach the end of the coverage gap. For some seniors it is more beneficial to use the card from the beginning.
"What we encourage people to do is to go in and talk to their pharmacist and say that they have this card," said McQueen.
There are no enrollment forms to complete, no membership fees and no income requests to use the card. The card can't be used in addition to a current insurance plan. The card can also be used for pet medication if it is approved for human consumption.
ProAct negotiates rates with pharmacies before they join the network, said Erison Rodriguez, account representative for ProAct. Pharmacies joining the network sacrifice profit margins to offer residents the savings.
"NYSAC does endorse it and encourage all counties too look into it and consider it," said McQueen.
Schenectady County was the 13th county in the state to participate in the drug card program and ProAct has done the program since 2005.""