Mayor signs bill to help low-income BX and city residents with prescription costs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law Monday that will provide prescription drug cards to thousands of low-income families in the Bronx and city.

Details on how the discount card will work still need to be ironed out. It has not yet been determined who will qualify, which drugs will be offered at a discount or which pharmacies will participate. What has been decided is that the health department will handle the program and buy drugs from pharmaceutical companies in bulk. The drugs will then be sold to participating pharmacies and customers with a card will buy them at a lower cost.

According to city Councilman Joel Rivera, the program will cost the city millions but says it's worth it. The City Council plans to spread the word about the program through mailers, television and senior centers.

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