Illinois residents now have access to a free prescription assistance program called Illinois Rx Card.

The statewide free prescription drug card program is designed to help millions of uninsured and underinsured Illinois residents by providing significant discounts on prescription medications at local pharmacies, according to a news release.

Illinois Rx Card program director Mike Rogers said the card would help 1.7 million Illinoisans with no health insurance as well as people whose insurance simply won't cover enough and Medicare recipients who have hit the "doughnut hole," or coverage gap in Medicare Part D.

The program will provide average discounts of 30 percent, according to the news release. The program has no restrictions, income requirements, age limits or applications.

Participating pharmacies include CVS, Hy-Vee, Jewel/Osco and Target, with more than 56,000 pharmacies nationwide accepting the card, according to the release. Illinois residents also can obtain the cards at health centers, hospitals, clinics and other sites being set up across the state, according to the release.

For more details, visit www.IllinoisRxCard.com.