Brookfield residents who lack prescription drug insurance or whose Medicare coverage leaves them in the dreaded “doughnut hole” can now take advantage of a discount program through the village of Brookfield.
Anyone can participate in the program, which is being offered through the village’s deferred compensation provider, the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and administered by a company called WellDyneRx, a national pharmacy benefit management company.
All participants need to do is show the pharmacist their Well Card to receive discounts of up to 65 percent on prescription medications that are not covered by either their insurance or Medicare plans.
“If someone has a plan that doesn’t cover certain medications, they can use this card,” said Michelle Robbins, human resources director for The Village of Brookfield. “They just can’t use the card and insurance together.”
The cards are accepted at all of the major pharmacies in Brookfield and surrounding towns, including Walgreens, Osco, Target and CVS, according to the Well Card website. Robbins said the cost of obtaining the discounts comes from tapping into drug company rebates and the pharmacy company discount bin.
“Lots of medications are covered; it’s not just for a couple,” Robbins said.
There is no cost to participate in the program, says Robbins. The program also doesn’t cost the village any money, she said.
According to Robbins, Well Cards are available through Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave. They can be picked up onsite or mailed. Call the main switchboard at 485-7344 if you would like to have a card mailed out to you.
If you have any questions about specific drugs, participants can call the Well Card pharmacist help desk at 888-886-5822. There’s also the ability to enroll in a mail-order program, Robbins said.