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Prescription Drug Card

  • In 2011, CAPA Launched the Prescription Drug Discount Card To Help Californians Access/Afford High Quality Health Care 

    Thanks to CAPA members requesting the NeedyMeds Cards from CAPA and then passing them on to patients, we can report the following numbers:

    From December 2011 to November 2013:
    CAPA has distributed over 60,000 NeedyMeds cards  The CAPA prescription drug discount cards have been presented over 31,000 times with a savings of over $662,000.


    Difficult economic times are forcing many Californians to make difficult choices every day about whether to continue taking medication or to feed their families and pay rent, while many Californians are simply unable to afford quality health care in the first place. To help expand access to high-quality, cost-effective care for all California citizens, CAPA PArtnered with NeedyMeds, a national non-profit organization, to provide a prescription drug discount card that will help Californians lower the costs of their medications and other health care services. The discount card is free and can be used by all California families to save up to 80% off the cost of prescription medications.
    CAPA relies on its members and participating allied health care providers and health groups to help distribute the card. Call (714) 427-0321 or email the CAPA office at capa@capanet.org to receive a supply for your practice.  You may request up to 500 cards.  We will send them to you at no charge. Contact us today for your supply.

    Below are a few common questions about the prescription discount card, as well as additional useful background information.

    (This card is not an insurance program)
    Why is CAPA launching a prescription drug discount card?

    Part of CAPA’s core mission is to expand access to high-quality and cost-effective care for all Californians. The CAPA drug discount card will help reduce out-of-pocket costs for California consumers, help patients stay healthy, and reduce long-term health costs for California families.
    “At a time when all California families are trying to stretch their budget dollars, every little bit helps. CAPA hopes that all Californians, but particularly those from vulnerable or low-income communities, will use the discount card to help afford treatment and stay healthy,” said past CAPA President, Adam Marks. “Ensuring that all Californians have access to high quality care is not only the right thing to do from a health perspective, but also makes good financial sense. When patients are healthy or are effectively managing their conditions, it can mean lower long-term health care costs in the form of fewer treatments or fewer visits to doctors and emergency rooms that are often associated with worsening conditions.”
    The CAPA drug discount card will help keep costs manageable while also helping to ensure that Californians stay on their doctor-prescribed treatment regimes. CAPA hopes that all Californians, but particularly those from vulnerable or low-income communities, will use the discount card to help afford treatment and stay healthy.
    Who can use the CAPA drug discount card?

    Anyone. The CAPA drug discount card is free and open to all Californians. There are no income, insurance or residency requirements, and no fees or registration process is needed to use the card. One card can be shared with friends and family members, or patients can print their own.
    Where can patients use the CAPA drug discount card?

    The drug discount card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and other regional chains and local stores. To locate pharmacies in your area that will accept the CAPA/NeedyMeds card, please visit the NeedyMeds website and search for participating pharmacies by zip code.
    Can patients use the CAPA drug discount card in conjunction with insurance?
    No, patients cannot combine the card with insurance. The card can, however, be used instead of insurance if the insurance has no drug coverage, there is a high deductible, there is a low medicine cap that has been met, there is a high copay and the card offers a better price, of if a consumer is in the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
    How do consumers use the CAPA drug discount card?

    To use the CAPA drug discount card, a California consumer simply presents the discount card to his or her pharmacist along with the desired prescription, at which point the pharmacist will tell the consumer how much can be saved using the card.
    For more information about the CAPA Prescription Drug Discount Card you can call the CAPA Office, or to download a copy of the card, click here.
    For more information about medical assistance programs, please visit www.needymeds.org