Florida's Ex-Cons Offered Drug Discounts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

June 7, 2011 -

The Department of Corrections announced Monday it will offer prescription drug discount cards to newly released inmates and those on probation through a partnership with a company that specializes in helping former offenders get medicine. The cards, which will be provided by Recovery Health Network, will offer up to 75 percent discounts on prescription medications, certain tests and some imaging services. They will be provided for free, and DOC said in its announcement Monday that they are recognizes by more than 54,000 pharmacies nationwide. The card has no expiration date or limits on numbers of prescriptions and DOC says it will work for “all physician-prescribed” medications. “One of our reentry goals is to match inmates and offenders with needed resources,” said Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss. “Putting these prescription cards in the hands of offenders on community supervision and inmates right when they are released will help with the costs of the medications they need.”

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Newly released inmates and offenders on community supervision are being offered prescription drug discounts of up to 75 percent.

The Department of Corrections announced Monday that it's partnering with Recovery Health Network to provide those offenders and ex-convicts with drug discount cards as a way to help them readjust to freedom.

The organization already offers the free discount cards to anyone who is uninsured, under insured or has high deductibles.

Cards have been sent to prisons and community corrections offices across Florida. They also can be obtained through the network's website: http://www.recoveryhealthnetwork.com/ .

The cards are recognized by 54,000 pharmacies across the country
and never expire.

The department's reentry director, Latoya Lane, said research shows filling and paying for prescriptions are significant barriers for ex-convicts.


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