Homer Township has a new discount prescription card for residents that includes discounts for pets.
"We've gotten a considerable amount of calls," Homer Township Supervisor Pam Meyers said about the cards during a recent township board meeting.
The township has been offering prescription discount cards servicing the uninsured and underinsured since 2011. But this year is the first time the township is taking part in the RxSavingsPlus discount card program, which provides discounts on medications for pets, Meyers said following the meeting.
"We've had other prescription discount programs, but I don't think they were as comprehensive as this one,' Meyers said in the interview.
The free discount card is accepted by nine out of 10 pharmacies in the nation and offers savings on prescriptions averaging 22 percent on retail and up to 50 percent on mail order, according to an RxSavingsPlus brochure provided by the township.
"It does not cost (the township) anything," Meyers said of the prescription discount card.
RxSavingsPlus is approved by the Township Officials of Illinois, which represents township governments in the state, she said. The discount card is administered by the country's largest provider of prescriptions, CVS Caremark, according the RxSavingsPlus website.
"We respect your privacy and will not sell your personal information to any other party," RxSavingsPlus states on the brochure.
In other news, the cost of renewal of annual health insurance benefits for Homer Township staff is expected to increase by less than 3 percent. However, the township as a small employer has "less decision making" flexibility due to changes under President Barack Obama's health care law in 2014, Meyers said at the Feb. 11 board meeting.
Meanwhile, the board issued certificates of appreciation for the donation of two baseball jerseys from the 1930s that have been on display in the Township Hall for the past year and of a 1935 photo of Homer Township baseball team Homer Aces. The jerseys were initially donated by a family to the Homer Athletic Club, but having no building, the club framed and donated the jerseys to the township, John Kruczek, township trustee and president of the Homer Athletic Club, said following the meeting.
Officials also announced that the township will receive a donation from a woman's club to purchase a bench for use as part of Sendra Park's storybook-themed trail, which is scheduled to be constructed.
In addition, the Homer Township Communicator newsletter has been brought back, township officials said. It is now available online and at some locations, such as the library and certain restaurants, said Homer Township Clerk Linsey Sowa.
The board also voted to contribute $2,000 to help support the Senior Services Center of Will County. The township usually makes a contribution every year, Meyers said at the meeting.