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11/20/2002



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Retired rail workers' association adopts Canadian prescription drug service


Pittsburgh-based National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees (NARVRE) recently began sponsoring a new Canadian prescription drug service, Railway Rx Assist.


The association is working with service provider Rx Canada Connect to offer the service to 28,000 NARVRE members in the United States, comprising retired and veteran U.S. railroad employees who completed at least 10 years of service.


"Unlike many union employees, retired railway workers generally pay out of pocket for any prescription drug benefit they receive," said NARVRE President A.W. Westphal in a prepared statement. "And the cost of available benefit programs is expensive, which means a lot of NARVRE members simply go without any, [or] they're having to choose between taking their medications properly or paying for food and shelter."


Rx Canada Connect President William Lee believes Railway Rx Assist will save NARVRE members 30 percent to 70 percent on their prescription-drug costs.


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