Governor Gary Locke said the new access through the state’s Rx Washington Web sitewill also include a Washington retail price comparison service to be available December 1 that will feature prices for commonly used prescription drugs from drugstore retailers. The site is also sponsored by the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“I’ve long worked to make health care and prescription drugs affordable for the people of Washington, especially our senior citizens,” Locke said, in a statement on his Web site. “Caring for our seniors is a paramount duty for all of us. We need to provide the care our seniors need, but financial pressures leave our seniors with making a decision every month whether to buy their prescriptions. Some seniors are even rationing their prescription drugs to make them last longer.”
According to Locke’s statement, approximately 31% of Washington state seniors age 65 and older do not have prescription drug coverage, and an additional 500,000 people under age 65 are without insurance.