Anderson Will Save $600,000 Annually on Cost of Employee Prescription Drug Benefit

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Health Commission approves key vendor

The City of Anderson is pleased to announce that the Anderson Health Commission voted March 15 to approve Elect RX/EHIM as a key vendor for its prescription drug benefit program. Commission Chairman and Director of Human Resources Steve Priser said, “The challenge of the Commission is to maintain a quality benefits program for our employees and their families while finding every opportunity to save vital tax dollars. We thoroughly researched many different programs to accomplish this charge.”

Priser continued, “The Elect RX/EHIM program was the obvious choice. A pilot project was initiated last Fall, which ran in parallel with our existing service providers, CVS Caremark and CanaRx Services. The Elect RX/EHIM program proved to be outstanding in terms of quality, value, and service”. The City of Anderson is now on track to save an estimated $600,000 on our drug benefit program this year. Employees in the pilot project voluntarily chose this program for their prescription drug needs more than 70% of the time over CVS/Caremark and Cana Rx by the end of the three month trial. CVS Caremark will remain a parallel provider. Detailed information can be found at: “The positive feedback from employees about the prescription plan has been phenomenal,” according to Mike Anderson, a member of the Anderson Police Department and employee representative to the Health Commission.

The Health Commission was created in December 2009, as employees volunteered to look into ways to cut the City budget to meet the challenges brought about by State mandated property tax caps. Mayor Kris Ockomon stated, “The work of the commission has allowed the City to provide the quality benefit programs our employees need and deserve while holding down and even reducing costs. The estimated $600,000 savings will go a long way toward saving vital jobs and preserving essential services to our citizens”.

The estimated $600,000 savings on the prescription drug plan amounts to a 25% savings in total drug spending on the City’s insurance balance sheet, while offering a chance for employees to save money with possible $0 co-pays.

Mayor Ockomon commended the work of “all members of the Commission, especially our union representatives and benefit coordinator Linda Stevens, who did a great job researching and implementing this unique approach to the prescription drug benefits program. With the addition of Elect RX/ EHIM, our employees now have access to a novel prescription drug benefit program that saves them and the City considerable money and gives them more choice and flexibility in the process.” For more information:

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