As the health care debate rages in the "other" Washington, state residents have saved more than $2.6 million on prescription medications since the launch of the free statewide prescription assistance program backed by the private sector.

Washington Drug Card was launched last August to help uninsured and underinsured residents afford their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.

The program has no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations and there are no applications to fill out. Anyone interested in receiving a free card can visit www.WashingtonDrugCard.com.

Washington Drug Card was developed by a non-profit organization with funding support by pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. This program is not affiliated with the state of Washington, which offers a prescription drug discount program that is open to groups and individuals, called the Washington Prescription Drug Program. Enroll in the WPDP program is available by visiting www.rx.wa.gov.