(Baltimore, MD) – MedChi Announces Plans to Expand Maryland Rx Card Distribution Sites

The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) officially announced plans to expand support for Maryland's free discount drug card program. Maryland Rx Card, which is free to all Maryland residents, provides savings of up to 75% on prescription drugs at participating pharmacies. The program was launched in June 2009 and has already saved residents over $250,000 on their prescriptions.

The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) was founded in January 1799. MedChi is one of the most progressive medical societies in the nation representing about 7,400 physicians statewide practicing in more than 50 medical specialties. MedChi President, Dr. Murray Kalish, explained, "Part of MedChi's mission is to be an advocate for Maryland's patients and the public health. Providing discounts on much needed medications is a great way for us to promote that message."

Maryland Rx Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. However, the program is available to those who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have health insurance with prescription coverage can use this program to get a discount on non-formulary (non-covered) medications. "The primary reason MedChi is supporting this program is because all Marylanders are eligible to participate. It is open to all residents regardless of where they live, or their current prescription coverage benefits," said Kalish.

Maryland residents can create a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies at www.MarylandRxCard.com or www.MedChi.org.