Discount card’s benefit structure offers savings while creating revenue for public programs
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors announced today that participating residents have saved more than $2.9 million with an average savings of 64.7 percent using its discount prescription card, Coast2Coast Rx. Since the free program launched in August 2010, the card has served as a source of income for the county with $1.25 generated for public programs for each prescription filled.
The multiple benefits of the program give card users the opportunity to better manage their health by having access to prescriptions that they might not otherwise be able to afford.
“The Coast2Coast Rx card allows us to serve the county in several ways—it gives residents access to discounted health care options, and the funds generated are put back into the community to further our programs and services for those in need,” said San Joaquin County Supervisor Carlos Villapudua.
The card can be a significant cost-saver for those without health insurance—and it can be equally as effective for those with insurance who have high deductibles or require a prescription not covered under their current plan. Consumers enjoy savings of up to 75 percent on more than 60,000 brand name and generic prescription drugs. In some instances the card can be used to offset the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” The free card is available to everyone with no enrollment and no restrictions on age or health status. Additional benefits include discounts on vision, dental and hearing services, diabetes supplies and veterinary services and pet prescriptions.
The United Way of San Joaquin County has joined forces with the county and Coast2Coast Rx to provide cards to the people it serves. “Our mission is to improve the lives of people in our community and advance the common good; so it was an easy decision to partner with the county and with Coast2Coast Rx, knowing that our consumers will have access to discounted prescriptions, diabetes supplies that many need, and health care services,” said Andy Prokop, president & CEO of the United Way of San Joaquin County.
Local social service agencies, faith-based and nonprofit organizations and business associations are encouraged to provide the Coast2Coast Rx card to their consumers as a money-saving resource.
For immediate savings on prescription costs, San Joaquin residents can download and print free cards at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/sanjoaquin/. Take part in the community discussion and stay up-to-date on healthcare news by
adding Coast2Coast Rx to your social network on Facebook an Twitter.
Free program helps constituents manage their health and while generating revenue for public services
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors announced today that its free discount prescription card, Coast2Coast Rx, has saved participating residents collectively $492,568 on prescriptions since it was inaugurated in August 2011. During this two-year period, participants have saved an average of 61.2 percent—with an impressive year-to-date average savings of 66.8 percent in 2013.
Adding to the value of the program is its revenue generating feature; the county receives $1.25 for each prescription filled using the card. Coast2Coast Rx—a free, comprehensive program for savings on thousands of prescriptions and additional health services—has no restrictions on age, health status or income. With no membership paperwork required, residents are immediately eligible to use the plan for all members of their family with no expiration date.
The Yolo County Health Department has made the card available to residents through community-based organizations and county offices. Revenue from the program has been allocated to serve the healthcare needs of Yolo County’s indigent population.
“Underinsured or uninsured residents can use the card to make their prescriptions and other health care services more affordable—a key feature to maintaining their overall health and in many cases managing chronic diseases,” said Yolo County Health Director Jill Cook.
With the Coast2Coast Rx card, consumers have benefitted from savings of up to 75 percent on their prescriptions. For those facing the expense of needed prescriptions without the benefit of insurance, insufficient coverage or high deductibles under a current plan, the card can be a significant cost-saver, and in some cases, can be used to offset the gap in coverage that Medicare Part D patients sometimes experience. Discounts on certain dental, vision, hearing, lab services, diabetes supplies, and even pet prescriptions and veterinary services, are available using the same card through partner programs. More than 59,000 pharmacies nationwide accept the card, including major chains and many independent establishments.
Yolo County residents can pick up cards at county offices or download and print their cards at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/yolo/for immediate savings. Follow the program on Facebook and Twitter for updates and general health care news.
Multi-faceted program benefits residents while serving as a source of revenue for the county
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors announced today that its discount prescription card, a free program named Coast2Coast Rx, has saved participating residents more than $5.4 million on prescription drug costs since it launched in August 2009―with a four-year average savings of 59.6 percent.
According to Supervisor Salud Carbajal, chairman of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, this is a notable milestone and resource. “Our residents are saving money while getting the important medications they need to manage their health—a vital asset. And we are able to fund public programs with the revenue that is generated from card use—another valuable asset to our residents.”
The revenue referenced by Chairman Carbajal is a significant benefit of the program—each time a prescription is filled using the card, the county receives $1.25 that supports public programs.
Using the free Coast2Coast Rx prescription drug card gives users access to discounts of up to 75 percent on over 60,000 brand name and generic drugs, with a nationwide average of 60 percent. Without having to fill out enrollment paperwork, the same card provides discounts for important health services such as vision, dental and hearing services, diabetes supplies and even some pet prescriptions and veterinary care. There are no restrictions or qualifications to be eligible for the card—anyone may use it regardless of income, age or health status. While the program is aimed primarily at the uninsured, it can also be a significant cost-saver for the underinsured or those with high deductibles and in some cases can help offset the expense of the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
Recognizing that these multiple, significant benefits can help improve health outcomes, the United Way of Santa Barbara, an organization dedicated to advancing the common good among its constituents, has endorsed the program and provides cards to residents.
Santa Barbara County residents can also download and print free cards at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/sbarb/for immediate savings on prescription costs at any of the chain and local pharmacies accepting the card. Follow the program on Facebook and Twitter for updates and general health care news.
Discount prescription card program helps residents manage their health while contributing to the community
The San Benito County Board of Supervisors announced today that the county’s discount prescription card, Coast2Coast Rx, has reached a milestone achievement by saving participating residents more than $1.1 million on prescription drugs since its launch in August 2009.
With the no-cost, comprehensive program San Benito County card users have a four-year average savings of 69.3 percent with averages trending upwards―in 2013 participants have already saved $387,733 with a collective average savings of 77.2 percent. The impact extends to the community, as $1.25 is generated for county programs each time a prescription is filled using the Coast2Coast Rx card.
“The numbers accrued in the last four years only tell part of the story—our constituents are using the county’s prescription discount card to better manage their health care by saving on prescriptions and routine services that they might not otherwise be able to afford,” stated San Benito County Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz. “Since the Board of Supervisors launched this program, the Coast2Coast Rx card has assisted our residents in saving money, contributed to improved health outcomes and has been a revenue-positive initiative that helps support public
In addition to providing savings of up to 75 percent on more than 60,000 prescriptions, the Coast2Coast Rx card offers discounts on additional health services, including dental, vision and hearing care, diabetes supplies, lab and imaging work and even certain veterinary services and pet prescriptions. Everyone is eligible for the card as there are no restrictions on age, health, income or insurance status.
Though the card is especially beneficial to the uninsured and underinsured, it can also assist those facing the expense of high deductibles under their current plan and in some cases can be used by Medicare Part D patients to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of the “donut hole.” With no membership paperwork or fees required, residents can access savings immediately by using the card at any of the 59,000+ participating pharmacies, including major chains and many independent businesses.
Chief Marketing Officer Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., the company that provides the discount prescription card, explains the motivation for providing the comprehensive program; “We believe that nobody should have to make a choice between purchasing the prescriptions they need or groceries for their family; and we believe that healthy individuals make healthy communities. For these reasons we’ve created a program that allows the community as a whole to benefit each time a card user saves at the pharmacy.”
San Benito County residents download and print a card at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/benito/ for immediate savings. Follow the program on Facebook and Twitter for updates and general health care news.
There are 44 million uninsured people in this nation and another 56 million who, although may have health insurance, live in areas without doctors and basic health services. 1 Health Centers play a vital role in helping these individuals and families have access to preventative care, health education, and necessary immunizations, prescriptions and more. 1
Coast2Coast Rx believes that no one should have to jeopardize their health simply because they can’t afford the health care services they need. Like the Coast2Coast Rx card, a local health center can be an important resource in helping individuals, families and communities improve their health outcomes. To ensure easy access to the savings available with the free discount prescription card, Coast2Coast Rx offers the card through participating cities, counties and townships, in partnership with many United Way and other nonprofit organizations, and even available to print on its website – http://coast2coastrx.com/index.php/print-free-card.
In fact, the positive impact from Health Centers can often extend beyond the health outcomes. Not only do Health Centers employ hundreds of thousands of people, but they also boost economic activity by purchasing goods and services from local businesses—all while assisting millions more. 2 Their ability to help power local economies, while simultaneously improving the health of its residents, showcases their extensive and overwhelming significance.3
As 2013’s National Health Center Week approaches, there has never been a better time to emphasize the lasting impact our Health Centers have on our communities. This year National Health Center Week’s (NHCW) theme is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Transforming Health Care in Our Local Communities”, focusing on the dedication to innovation within Health Centers; continuously finding ways to modify and advance the health of their communities.3
Every year NHCW designates three days during the week to acknowledge special populations served by Health Centers. 3 This year’s are:
Public Housing Health Centers Day - Tuesday, August 13
Health Care for the Homeless Day - Wednesday, August 14
Farmworker Health Day - Thursday, August 15
And as every year, NHCW encourages you to join them in celebrating the efforts of our community Health Centers. To find a comprehensive list of events and see what may be occurring in your area, visit the NHCW events page. 4
At Coast2Coast Rx, we recognize the significance of NHCW as our goals of providing families with discounted prescriptions and health services align with NHCW’s aim to afford families the “high quality, cost effective, accessible care” they deserve. 2 Coast2Coast Rx invites community Health Centers to request a free supply of discount prescription cards for their consumers to further ensure their access to more affordable prescriptions and health care services.
Do you have a story of an experience at a health center to share? How has a local health center impacted you or your community? Join NHCW and Coast2Coast Rx this August 11th-17th in commending and appreciating Health Centers nationwide for their services, and for reminding us all that our health is invaluable.
1 National Health Center Week “Health Centers and the Uninsured: Improving Health and Access to Care (March 2012)” http://www.healthcenterweek.com/client/Uninsured%20Final%20March%202012.pdf
2 National Health Center Week “About Health Center Week” http://www.healthcenterweek.org/about-us.cfm
3 National Health Center Week “Community Health Centers: The Local Prescription for Better Quality and Lower Costs (March 2011)” http://www.healthcenterweek.com/client/A%20Local%20Prescription%20Final%20brief%203%2022%2011.pdf
4 National Health Center Week “Events” http://www.healthcenterweek.org/events.cfm
The County of Humboldt announced today that the county’s free prescription discount card, Coast2Coast Rx, has now saved residents over $1 million on the cost of their prescription drugs as the program celebrates its third anniversary.
Since the program’s inception in April 2010, Humboldt County residents have saved an average of 61 percent on prescription medications with savings reaching as high as 75 percent. Further highlighting the impact and importance of the program is the card’s ability to serve as a revenue stream—each time the Humboldt County card is used to fill a prescription, $1.25 is generated for public programs.
Supervisor Mark Lovelace advocated for the County to adopt the Coast2Coast Rx program.
“The Coast2Coast Rx program helps make prescription drugs more affordable for everyone regardless of age, income level, health or insurance status,” he said. “Over the past three years, this program has helped more than 1,800 Humboldt County residents save over $1 million on the cost of their prescription medications. That’s money they can use for other important needs.”
Humboldt County’s Coast2Coast Rx card is free and provides discounts on over 60,000 brand name and generic prescription drugs, with savings of up to 75 percent.
“With these significant discounts, Humboldt County residents have access to options for more affordable prescriptions and health care services,” said Supervisor Lovelace. “When combined with the feature that allows the card to create revenue, this program helps the County fulfill our commitment to provide fiscally responsible services that help improve the quality of life for county residents.”
Not only can the program be a significant cost-saver for consumers who have limited or no insurance coverage, it can also provide relief to those facing high deductibles or costs of prescriptions not covered under their current plan. In some instances the card can be used to offset the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” Through a partner program, consumers can save on health care services including dental, vision and hearing services, diabetes supplies and even veterinary services and pet prescriptions.
“The simplicity of the card and its ease of use further enhance its value,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc, the company that provides the cards. “Given that everyone is eligible to use the card and there is no paperwork to fill out, Coast2Coast Rx is a viable and immediate resource for residents.”
To start saving immediately on prescription drug prices, Humboldt County residents can download and print their free card at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/humboldt/. Stay up to date on Coast2Coast Rx and health care news by adding Coast2Coast Rx to your social network on Facebook and Twitter.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors announced today that its free discount prescription card, Coast2Coast Rx, has saved residents who use the program more than $11.5 million by its two-year anniversary. Since its launch in June 2011, 37,759 participants have used the card to fill 223,212 prescriptions with an average savings to date of about 60 percent in San Diego County.
According to Supervisor Ron Roberts, San Diego County’s Coast2Coast Rx card has proven to be an important resource. It saves constituents up to 75 percent on prescription drugs, provides discounts on other health care services and helps to fund public health programs through the $1.35 payment generated each time a prescription is filled using the card.
“San Diego County is on track to meet the projected two year total amount of $295,000 in available revenue to support the County’s Live Well, San Diego initiative, a 10-year plan for healthy, safe and thriving communities,” stated Supervisor Roberts.
To date, these funds are being used to assist with the distribution, production and translation of educational and promotional health materials and referral resources targeted at under-insured and uninsured San Diego County residents for numerous programs including: 3-4-50 and 5-2-1-0. The educational initiatives are aimed at specific demographics; 3-4-50 attempts to change three behaviors—poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and tobacco use, which lead to four diseases that result in more than 50 percent of all deaths in San Diego County. They are the risk factors for heart disease, pulmonary disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. The 5-2-1-0 campaign promotes four practices for diet and exercise that can be adopted daily by children and parents to improve overall health and avoid obesity.
Revenue is also supporting Body Mass Index (BMI) Measurement Toolkits for 44 San Diego County School Districts, which will serve as an evidence-based strategy for addressing obesity in children; a nicotine media campaign in the Central Region; and enhanced mapping of Central Region health and social services, allowing 2-1-1 San Diego to provide better information and referral services to disadvantaged communities.
“The Board of Supervisors is committed to providing quality services that are fiscally responsible—Coast2Coast Rx is such a program as demonstrated by its substantial and tangible impact in San Diego County in two short years,” said Supervisor Greg Cox, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “We believe the results will continue to grow as more residents learn about this free resource and the discounts available on prescriptions and other important health care services.”
No membership requirements or enrollment paperwork are needed for participation, and all consumers are eligible to use San Diego County’s Coast2Coast Rx card regardless of age, income or health status. Not only can the program be a significant cost-saver for consumers who have limited or no insurance coverage, it can also reduce costs of prescriptions not covered under insurance plans or that carry high deductibles. In some cases the card can be used by senior citizens to reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” Cardholders can also utilize partner programs for savings on diabetes supplies, hearing, vision and dental care, veterinary services and even pet prescriptions.
San Diego County residents can download and print their free card at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/counties/ca/sandiego/ as well as find information on the 2-1-1 San Diego website. It is valid for use by all family members immediately, with no expiration date. Additionally, Coast2Coast Rx is expanding its work with public departments and local nonprofit agencies to increase use of the card. Any organization that has constituents who can benefit from the free program is encouraged to request a supply of cards. Consumers and organizations alike are encouraged to stay up to date on Coast2Coast Rx and healthcare news by following Coast2Coast Rx on Facebook and Twitter.
Hennepin County has launched a partnership with a Florida company that could result in lower prescription and health care costs for residents and a benefit for selected county programs.
The no-cost Coast2Coast Rx card could provide savings of up to 75 percent on tens of thousands of prescriptions with additional savings available on health care services including diabetes supplies, services such as lab and imaging, and vision, dental and hearing care. The program also offers discounts on pet prescriptions and some veterinary care.
Each time the card is used to fill a prescription, $1.25 will be generated for public programs.
Residents can pick up a card from more than 69,000 participating pharmacies nationwide or print one from the Coast2Coast website, www.coast2coastrx.com/counties/mn/hennepin.
Participation has no restrictions on eligibility, so all residents are immediately qualified to use the card, regardless of their age, income or health status.
“Health care costs can place a burden on Hennepin County families,” said County Commissioner Randy Johnson. “We want to help make prescriptions more affordable.”
The program, provided through Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., can provide medical access to those with or without health insurance. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, it could provide access to the prescriptions and health care services that their families need. Even those with insurance can use the card to help offset the cost of high deductibles. In other cases the card could help relieve the out-of-pocket costs of the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole.’
The partnership creates no additional cost to the county and does not require additional work by county personnel to distribute or market the card. Nonprofit organizations and social service agencies are encouraged to e-mail email@example.com to request free supplies of cards to distribute to their consumers.
As of today, 300 cities, counties and states have chosen to participate in the program. Hennepin County’s launch was announced at a news conference on June 18 at Hennepin County Medical Center, Blue 1 Pharmacy in Minneapolis.
“Hennepin County Commissioners’ decision to provide the Coast2Coast Rx card to their constituents demonstrates their dedication to offering public services that benefit their residents while providing fiscally sound solutions for the whole community,” said Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. chief marketing officer.
Rock Island County’s Prescription Discount Card, Coast2Coast Rx, Saves Participating Residents More Than $4 Million Dollars By Fourth Anniversary
Unique program offers consumers savings while serving as a source of revenue for county
The Rock Island County Board announced today that the county’s free discount prescription program, Coast2Coast Rx, has allowed participating residents to save more than $4.8 million on prescription drugs since its launch just over four years ago in March 2009.
Coast2Coast Rx is a public service available to all residents, with no restrictions on age, health status or income. Constituents can use the card at major chain pharmacies to save up to 75 percent on more than 60,000 name brand and generic prescriptions. Other health care services—including vision, dental and hearing care, diabetes supplies and pet prescriptions and veterinary care—are also available at discounted rates through a network of partner providers.
Neither card users nor the county bear any cost for participating in the program, and it requires no additional work from county personnel. In fact, as County Board Chairman Phillip B. Banaszek explained, the card actually generates revenue for public programs, as each time the card is used to fill a prescription the county receives $1.25 for public programs.
“Board Members voted for Coast2Coast Rx card program to provide a comprehensive resource that would help to address our constituents’ health and financial concerns,” said Chairman Banaszek. “The Coast2Coast Rx card has helped support our residents and fill the gaps left by budgets cuts to health services like the Illinois Cares Rx Program; so combined with the revenue that the county receives for simply using the card, it’s served as a valuable public resource.”
In an effort to distribute the card to as many consumers as possible, Coast2Coast Rx is working with public departments and local nonprofit agencies to increase awareness of the program; and encourages organizations and agencies providing social services to distribute the card to their constituents as a money-saving resource; any organization that would like a free supply of cards to distribute can email their request.
“The Coast2Coast Rx card is a valuable resource—one that offers benefits that can help Rock Island County residents better manage their health by accessing significant savings on prescriptions they need as well as discounts on other health care services,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., the company that provides the discount prescription card.
As there is no membership paperwork required, residents can simply pick up a card from locations around their county or download and print a card at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/counties/il/rockisland/. Consumers can follow Coast2Coast Rx on Facebook and Twitter to join in the conversation and stay updated on the program and other health news.
Mobile County’s Discount Prescription Card, Coast2Coast Rx,
Saves Constituents More Than $4 Million by Third Anniversary
Program aids both residents and community with easy-to-access benefits
The Mobile County Commission announced that the county’s free discount prescription program, Coast2Coast Rx, has saved participating residents more than $4.3 million collectively on their prescriptions—an average of more than $1 million each year since the card launched in May 2010. Mobile was the first among Alabama counties to adopt the program, which has since expanded to more than 40 counties statewide and earned the endorsement of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.
Residents save an average of 61 percent—with savings of up to 75 percent—on thousands of brand name and generic prescriptions through the Coast2Coast program. “With the current economy and changes to the health care industry, it is more important than ever for consumers to know their options when it comes to saving money on their health care needs,” said Commission President Merceria Ludgood.
Each time the card is used Mobile County receives $1 through the program—a distinguishing feature that contributes to the financial health of the county.
The card is easy to use. “The county’s discount prescription card offers unique benefits that make it an easy-to-use public resource—there is no paperwork, cost or enrollment period,” noted Commissioner Jerry Carl. “And one card can be used for an entire family.”
The card’s benefits are not limited to prescription savings. Through a network of partners, the card can also be used for discounts on diabetic supplies, vision, dental and hearing care and even pet prescriptions and veterinary services. According to Commissioner Connie Hudson, “The County’s program provides reduced prices on health care services through partner programs that demonstrate its value to our uninsured and underinsured constituents.”
Although the card provides the most significant savings to those who pay out-of-pocket for their medications and health expenses, such as the uninsured and those with incomplete coverage under their current plan, it can also help offset the expense of high deductibles and in some cases can even help relieve costs of the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
“Mobile County is offering an excellent resource for constituents and all residents—not just the uninsured but the underinsured and those with high deductibles,” stated Chief Marketing Officer Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., the company that provides the discount prescription card. “The savings in Mobile County reflect just the tip of the iceberg in terms of residents’ potential to utilize this public service.”
To increase awareness and availability of the card, Mobile County Commissioners encourage area nonprofit organizations and businesses to request free supplies of cards for their constituents by contacting Coast2Coast Rx.
For immediate savings on prescriptions, the Mobile County card is available to print at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/counties/al/mobile/. Consumers are encouraged to visit the Coast2Coast Rx blog as well as Facebook and Twitter profiles for health news and program updates.
Other counties in Alabama that have endorsed the Coast2Coast Rx Card program include: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clarke, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Franklin, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Walker, Washington, Wilcox and Winston. More county endorsements are expected soon.