La Vista is the first city in Nebraska to offer free discount cards for prescription medications.

The program, sponsored by the National League of Cities, can save users an average 23 percent on prescriptions, according to program officials.

The program is not a form of insurance, and the cards cannot be combined with other health insurance or Medicare plans to provide additional savings. But the discount can apply to prescriptions not covered by an insurance plan.

“Anything to help any of our citizens and to help save costs on medical prescriptions is positive,” Mayor Doug Kindig said. “We're offering a benefit to citizens.”

The discounts don't apply to over-the-counter medications, but certain diabetic supplies and pet medications are included. The cards are accepted at most area pharmacies as well as more than 60,000 participating pharmacies across the country.

Gregory Minchak, a spokesman for the league, based in Washington, D.C., said La Vista is the first city in the state to offer the benefit, but Ralston, North Platte and Lexington have applied for the program. He said several other league members in Nebraska, including Omaha, are eligible but have not applied.

But Sarpy and Douglas Counties offer a similar program through the National Association of Counties.

The city and county cards cannot be used together; one or the other brings the savings. CVS Caremark is the parent company that provides the cards for both the National League of Cities and National Association of Counties programs.

Participation is open to anyone, not just La Vista residents or Sarpy and Douglas County residents.

Douglas County Board member Mary Ann Borgeson said the county cards are available at nonprofit organizations and government offices. More details can be found at www.douglascounty-ne.gov/prescription-discount-card.

The La Vista cards can be obtained at La Vista City Hall, 8116 Park View Blvd., or the La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road. They can also be printed from the caremark.com/nlc website, which also offers a list of participating pharmacies.

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