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Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman met with seniors in Plainview last week to discuss how the current national economic crisis is affecting Nassau and also to talk about the NassauRx prescription drug discount program.

Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman discussed how to survive on a fixed income during the current economic crisis with the Plainview/Old Bethpage Seniors at the Jamaica Avenue School. Pictured from left to right are Comptroller Weitzman, Rosemary Mandler, Rachel Staiano, and Jerry Kirschen.

Weitzman said that the lack of consumer confidence is one of the main factors in the unprecedented sales tax revenue drop for Nassau County. "When consumers hear about people losing their jobs and foreclosures they don't spend," he said. "The conversion from a consumer society to a saver society is very painful. As long as we are patient, consumers will get their confidence back and begin to spend again."

According to Weitzman, there is good news coming in the form of President Obama's stimulus package, which he said is supposed to bring Nassau County $80-85 million for the next two years.

Weitzman also discussed with those in attendance the NassauRx card, which has saved users over $12 million since its inception in 2004. "You never have to pay retail price for prescription drugs again," said Weitzman.

With the NassauRx prescription drug discount card, created by Weitzman, everyone gets a discount on prescription drugs by simply presenting the card to their pharmacist. The card can be accessed by going to www.caremark.com/nassaurx and printing as many as you need. Anyone with access to a computer and printer can get one, making it even easier to save money on hundreds of prescription drugs. The card can also be obtained by calling the Comptroller's office or the toll-free number 1-877-321-2652.

"The NassauRx card is a guarantee that no one has to ever pay retail price for prescription drugs," Weitzman added. "Today more than ever every dollar counts and the NassauRx card can make the decision of filling your prescription easier."

The NassauRx program is the largest one of its kind in the nation and is available to all Nassau residents, regardless of age, income, or insured status. With the card, county residents can save an average of 24 percent on almost all prescription medications, and up to 50 percent on generic drugs, at more than 90 percent of Nassau pharmacies. The card is free and requires no enrollment forms or fees and is administered by Caremark.


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