Nueces County residents who are looking to save money on their prescriptions may be getting some help.

County leaders are looking into the possibility of participating in the Gold County Prescription Discount Card program, in which individuals could save as much as 50 percent on prescription medication.

"This program targets those who don't have health insurance and may not qualify for Medicare," said executive assistant Tyner Little, adding that those with health insurance may still enroll in the program.

The program, which is a joint effort between Gold County and the National Association of Counties, has over 57,000 participating pharmacies nationwide, according to NACo's Web site.

Locally, pharmacies in CVS, Walgreen's, H-E-B, Target and Wal-Mart are listed as participants in the discount card program, which can also be used to assist with a prescription that is not covered by insurance.

Little said the program will save an average of 20 percent off a pharmacy's regular price on all commonly prescribed medications and an average savings of 50 percent on three-month supplies of select generics through mail service.

"This is kind of our own economic stimulus package," Little said. "It doesn't cost the residents who get these cards anything."

There is no enrollment fee for participants, as well as no income or age requirements.

Further discussion between the county and NACo still needs to take place before the county may be chosen to enroll in the program, but County Judge Loyd Neal said last week he would like to see it implemented for the sake of residents all over Nueces County.

"It just appears to be a 'win-win' for everyone," Neal said.