Around a million people in North Carolina who are fully covered by Blue Cross / Blue Shield, may qualify to get generic drugs at no additional out-of-pocket cost for the at least the next six months. As the cost of living goes up, the trip to the pharmacy to buy your local meds can sometimes be painful, and studies show many people to try and stretch their meds which can be dangerous. To help prevent this, Blue Cross / Blue Shield is dropping their co-payments for generic drugs for a trail period between January 1st and June 30th. All customers that are fully covered will get their generic prescription filled for free. The program will benefit the customer and Blue Cross / Blue Shield. Pharmacist Jeannette Webb said, "If people take their medicine as prescribed for their blood pressure or diabetes or these chronic illnesses its going to save Blue Cross / Blue Shield in hospital costs and doctor visits and so long term costs will go down. This is life or death so if anyone can help with that, I think it's wonderful." Blue Cross / Blue Shield will evaluate the impact of the program in June. If they see more people taking their medicine, they may extend the program beyond the six month trial period, extending benefits everyone across the board.
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