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Prescription drug cards help with medication expense in Truckee, South Lake

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Catherine Blake and Watertree Health made prescription savings cards available at Truckee locations.
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Catherine Blake of Fernley, Nev. is helping people in Truckee and surrounding communities save money on prescription medicines.

A few years back, Catherine underwent two life-saving surgeries that required a lengthy hospital stay. Her recovery was dependent on ongoing prescription medication treatment that was extremely costly.

Unable to afford the suggested medicine, Catherine recalls, “I was getting ready to make some pretty stupid decisions that could have really complicated my health further.” A friend intervened and Cahterine was able to get the necessary prescription.

“For many people, there is no friend waiting to help,” she said.

When she was presented with an opportunity to work with Watertree Health, a leading distributer of free prescription savings cards, Catherine saw a way to help other individuals avoid mistakes when it came to their health.

Catherine said Watertree Health is interested in reaching people at the point of need and ensuring they are not put off by a random card arriving unsolicited in their mail.

Partnering with local hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, Catherine is helping distribute cards directly to people in Truckee and South Tahoe.

She explains the card i simple to use: “You just take it to your local pharmacy when you need to fill a prescription.” The card provides savings of 15-70 percent on all FDA approved medicines — both brand and generic. It is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies, never expires, there is no paperwork, one card is good for an entire family and it is free.

Watertree Health is able to offer these savings because they have partnered with some of the nation’s leading pharmacy benefits managers who have the power to negotiate costs.

The card is not just for people without insurance. It can be used by those who are underinsured with poor prescription coverage and seniors who need assistance during gaps in coverage when they hit the “donut hole.”

Studies have shown that people will skip, or cut their medications in half, and in extreme cases, fail to fill their prescriptions if they are economically challenged.

This can lead to a worsening of the condition.

If you need assistance and are a Truckee resident, the card is available at Tahoe Sports Clinic, Gateway Urgent Care and Truckee Tahoe Medical Group.

In South Lake Tahoe the card is distributed through Barton Hospital and their affiliates Barton Family Medicine, and Barton Community Clinic, as well as Tahoe Urgent Care.

The card can also be downloaded or mailed to you by visiting http://www.watertreehealthcard.com.