Once a company’s patent on a brand-name prescription drug has expired, other drug companies are allowed to sell the same drug under a generic label. Generic drugs are less expensive, despite containing the same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts, and most prescription and health plans reward clients for choosing generic drugs, as out-of-pocket costs tend to be lowest for generic drugs, and higher for brand-name drugs.
Prescription discount plans are NOT insurance plans. Discount plans are offered by drug manufacturers, drug stores and membership organizations like AARP.
Sweeping health reform legislation delivered a long list of provisions focused on health insurance affordability, consumer protections.