Residents in Somervell County will soon be eligible for a prescription discount. Commissioners approved the county judge to sign a contract with the National Association of Counties (NACo) during their regular weekly meeting on Monday, July 13.

The prescription discount program, administered by CVS Caremark, will allow county residents to receive up to a 22 percent discount on prescriptions. The program is approved by more than 59,000 pharmacies across the country including the two in Somervell County.

“This is not an insurance program,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Mike Ford. “There is no cost to the county or the taxpayer. No one gets revenue either.”

In a press release issued by Ford, he stated that the cards should be available by October and may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income or existing health coverage.

“The NACo prescription discount card will offer significant savings for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our county, and even those fortunate to have prescription coverage may use the card to save money on drugs that are not covered by their health plan,” Ford said. “Residents do not have to be Medicare beneficiaries to be eligible for this program.”

The commissioners plan to specify how and when residents will be able to obtain the cards at a future date.

Commissioners also discussed forming a Technology Advisory Committee for the county. The current protocol has the commissioner’s court in charge of the technology department. However, the court wanted to look at additional options to increase the productivity of the county’s technology department.

Research found that one option other counties have taken is to establish a Technology Advisory Committee, usually made up of county employees, to provide insight and advice.

“One of the problems we have in technology, in my opinion, is we only see our piece of the pie,” Ford said. “Through (committee) meetings we will begin to see the big picture. Ultimately we will have a better technology department and be better for our constituents.”

County Judge Walter Maynard said he would like to see the county’s technology expand to be of greater assistance to residents.

“Right now our system is an internal system and there is nothing out there for our citizens,” he said.

In other business, commissioners approved various budget amendments; approved the remainder of the county bills; approved the treasurer’s report; approved election presiding and alternate judges for a one year term; declared property surplus; approved advertising for the removal of houses; approved advertising for property insurance, major medical, life and dental insurance; opened awards for hospital furniture, soft-goods, artwork, citizen center roof and pro shop roof, but tabled a motion until further notice.