MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile County Commission is giving county employees a new option to pay for prescription medication.
Currently, the health insurance provided to Mobile County employees only reimburses upfront prescription costs, rather than covering them immediately. This has caused problem for many county employees who rely on medicines that can cost hundreds of dollars.
As a solution, Rite Aid Pharmacy has agreed to offer county employees a Rite Aid credit card with a credit limit of $750 to pay the upfront cost of prescriptions. This way, employees won’t be forced to pay out of pocket for their prescriptions while they wait on the insurance company’s reimbursement.
Mobile County Commissioners said they were thankful for Rite Aid’s help in the situation.
“We’ve met with a number of pharmacies, chains and independents, and one stepped forward. Rite Aid stepped forward and said, ‘look we think we can help with this problem.’ We think that this will help in that point of sale, upfront cost,” said Connie Hudson, Mobile County Commissioner.
However, some county employees tell FOX10 News the Rite Aid credit card is not an advantageous solution.
“We don’t need a credit card, we need help in other ways with this insurance we have. This prescription plan we have is not that well” said Lt. Richard Cayton who is with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. “We asked for them to address it, they said they heard us, but we still haven’t been heard.”