Let’s Hear it for Health Centers!

August 7, 2013 by  
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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

Kickin’ Butts! The Great American Smokeout

November 14, 2012 by  
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On November 15, 2012 the American Cancer Society is launching its 37th Great American Smokeout. This day is dedicated to encouraging smokers to quit or make plans to quit—a great step towards a healthier lifestyle1. Although 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, smoking is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US1.

 

Because it can be extremely difficult to quit smoking, the American Cancer Society has provided tips on how to quit, the benefits of quitting, and most importantly why you should quit. In addition to needing the support of friends and family, many smokers can also benefit from prescription drugs to ease side-effects of quitting.  To that end, Coast2Coast Rx offers is a great way to save money on some of those drugs including Zyban, Chantix, Wellbutrin and Bupropion.

 

Get ready for the Great American Smokeout and challenge yourself, family and friends to stop smoking. Giving up on smoking not only helps offers health and financial benefits but Coast2Coast can also help you save money on prescription medications to help you quit. Coast2Coast is always in support of keeping healthy habits and applauds the work of the American Cancer Society. On November 15th it’s time to take control of your life and start on the journey to a new and healthier you!

 

 

1. http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index

 

 

 

Get Smart About Antibiotics

November 13, 2012 by  
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dedicated the week of November 12 – November 18, 2012 to recognizing the importance of appropriate antibiotic use1. The week is comprised of efforts from the Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work campaign, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners1. Consumers may have become familiar with antibiotic resistance; which has happened due to increased use of antibiotics—the drugs have been used to help fight disease and sickness for so long that the bacteria have adapted and the medications don’t work as well. This week, CDC’s goal is to help raise awareness and educate patients and doctors alike about appropriate antibiotic use.

The aims of this campaign are to help reduce antibiotic resistance by promoting adherence to prescribing guidelines among providers, decreasing demand for antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections among healthy adults and parents of young children; and increasing adherence to prescribed antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections.

Did you know?

  • According to the CDC, more than 50% of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed in office setting for upper respiratory infections, most of which are caused by viruses2.
  • Up to 50% of antibiotic use in hospitals is either unnecessary or inappropriate2.
  • In children, reactions to antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events2.

Healthcare providers must take a leadership position in this campaign to help educate their patients and prescribe medications accordingly. It is essential that healthcare providers work with each other to make sure that the patients understand when a prescription for antibiotics is needed and why they may not need one. The CDC encourages healthcare providers to make sure that an antibiotic prescription is absolutely necessary in order to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance3 (and you can learn more by reading a helpful chart here!).

Antibiotic resistance does not only affect the person taking the medication but also the people around them. If the bacteria has adapted to the medication it is possible for it to infect another person2. The CDC has all of this information and more on their website including fact sheets, planning materials and toolkits to help launch your Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.

Here at Coast2Coast Rx we recognize that these health services and prescriptions cost money and we want to make sure you get the medication you need, so don’t forget to keep that Coast2Coast Rx discount card somewhere convenient!

Come by and say “hello” on our Facebook and our Twitter pages, we’d love to hear from you.

 

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/overview.html
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/downloads/gsw-factsheet-parents.pdf
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/week/downloads/gsw-factsheet-providers.pdf

 

A Salute to the American Pharmacist

October 30, 2012 by  
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Coast2Coast Rx applauds the efforts of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in recognition of American Pharmacists Month. APhA, a nonprofit professional organization representing more than 62,000 pharmacists and others in related professions, organizes the annual awareness campaign to serve as a reminder that pharmacies play an important role in helping consumers maintain their health, and that pharmacists make vital contributions to health education in their communities.1

The dedicated work of pharmacists is essential to the overall health and wellness of American consumers.  Pharmacists often serve as a point-of-contact for patients, helping them understand the proper use of medications and offering referrals.  Oftentimes, a pharmacist is “the first line of defense” for a patient.

Community pharmacists in particular can play an important role for their customers. In many communities, an independent pharmacy may offer not only prescription fills but also vital health services such as blood pressure monitoring, diabetes training and immunizations, says the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), an organization that helps to represent and advocate for the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies.2

Are you planning a visit to your local chain or independent pharmacy? Pharmacists and their patients are encouraged to have open dialogue about previous medications and health conditions, and the recommended use of their current prescriptions. The providers of the Coast2Coast Rx card encourage consumers to thank their pharmacist for their insight and professionalism.

Do you have a story about your favorite pharmacist or pharmacy experience? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. To print a card and to find participating pharmacies in your area, visit the Coast2Coast Rx website today.

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American Pharmacists Association“October is American Pharmacists Month – Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine,” October 1, 2012 http://www.pharmacist.com/october-american-pharmacists-month-%E2%80%93-know-your-pharmacist-know-your-medicine

2 National Community Pharmacists Association “Independent Pharmacy Today” http://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/independent-pharmacy-today

Seeing Red

October 25, 2012 by  
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Red Ribbon Week, October 20th -28th, 2012, is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Communities all across the United States can come together and take a stand against underage drug use. Businesses, communities, schools, and parents come together to provide special educational programs to teach children the dangers of underage drug use.

The National Family Partnership (NFP) is the national sponsor of the Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP has been involved with drug prevention education since 1980. Its mission is to “lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.”1

According to the DEA website, “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”2 There are many resources available to make your Red Ribbon Week a success. The NFP provides a planning guide and a tool kit to help you get started.

An important start to your Red Ribbon Week is right inside your home. AssistGuide Information Services (AGIS) gives some helpful tips on safely storing and using your medication. AGIS suggests that you should store all of your medication in a central location together and that they are stored in their original bottles so they don’t get mixed up, and points out that you should throw away any medication that your physician has discontinued or has expired.3

It is vital to our communities, especially young people, to be educated on the dangers of underage and illegal drug use. Coast2Coast Rx encourages families to get outside and do productive activities such as a bike ride in the park, a family outing to the great outdoors or even a nice quiet game night at home can help engage children and young adults and keep them away from dangerous lifestyles. And as always, when it comes to prescription drugs needed to improve your family’s health, Coast2Coast Rx is a great resource to help you save significantly on thousands of commonly-prescribed medications.

Coast2Coast Rx applauds the work of the organizers of nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week, who have educated communities about drug abuse prevention for many years. We encourage families, classrooms, and communities to use the tools provided by Red Ribbon Week to learn more about drug safety and prevention.

 

 

1. http://redribbon.org/about/

2.http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/prevent/sample_red_ribbon_week_press_release.html

3. http://www.agis.com/Document/28/tips-for-safe-medication-use-and-storage.aspx

Youth Movement: National Health Education Week

October 15, 2012 by  
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011 13% of U.S. high school students were classified as obese. An astonishing 48% did not attend physical education classes during an average school week.1 There are clearly reasons to be concerned about adolescents’ health.

Monday, October 15 is the kick off for National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2012. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has been organizing NHEW for 17 years and this year’s theme, “Adolescent health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation,” aims to teach the youth of America how to keep a healthy lifestyle, from drug use and sexual health to nutrition and physical activity. 2

Each day of the week has a central focus topic for adolescent health. Use the links below to find information and tips on each day’s topic on the SOPHE website.

The education of our youth is a whole community effort. Young people look up to teachers, parents, and community leaders including health professionals to guide them on their journey to adulthood—now is a crucial time in an adolescent’s life to teach them about a healthy lifestyle so they will continue to thrive. SOPHE has put together some great information and provides a planning guide and toolkit to help celebrate this year’s National Health Education Week.

Coast2Coast Rx applauds the work of health education professionals and volunteers, who play an important role in the community, and believes that it is just as important to educate people as it is to treat them. Please remember that the Coast2Coast Rx card is here to provide discounts on the prescriptions and health services that your family can use. We congratulate those who are working to provide the best resources in the health education.

 

 

 

 

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Data & Statistics” http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/data.htm
  2. The Society for Public Health Education “National Health Education Week” http://www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm
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1. The Society for Public Health Education “National Health Education Week”
2. By U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Evans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
3. By David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Make a Change for National Men’s Health Week

June 15, 2012 by  
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Why National Men’s Health Week?

National Men’s Health Week , June 11th -17th is a great way to begin the Father’s Day celebration! This weeklong observance brings together communities, businesses, government, schools, health organizations, places of worship, and other groups in an effort to promote men’s health—and encourages your father, brother, husband, friends, and yourself to make health a top priority. 1 Men are at risk for a variety of health issues; and WebMD has compiled the top 10 health concerns for Men:2

  • Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Depression

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Men’s Health recommends that men visit a healthcare professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings, ask their doctor about medications and supplements to consider, and eat, sleep, and exercise well in order to stay healthy.3 However, men have a history of delaying and even forgoing routine and urgent medical care — experts caution men to remember that just because they are feeling fine doesn’t mean that there aren’t problems with blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar that should be given attention.4

 

Sounds good, but how do I celebrate National Men’s Health Week?

Organizations large and small will hold events, such as free health screenings and resource fairs, hand out educational materials, offer free fitness classes, issue proclamations, spread the word through social media, and more. To find an event near you and many resources for year-round health, please visit: http://www.menshealthmonth.org/partners/activities.html. And for the tech-savvy, try taking a look at Men’s Health Magazine’s list of the top helpful and useful smart phone apps that encourage men to live healthy lifestyles.

 

Whether you have an immediate health concern or are trying to get back on track with regular screenings and preventative care, the providers of the Coast2Coast Rx card believe that prohibitive cost should not have to prevent consumers from necessary dental, vision or hearing services, diabetes supplies or medications that thousands of men—and families—need. By using the Coast2Coast Rx card, consumers may save 10, 25, and even up to 75% on over 60,000 medications, including many commonly prescribed medications for blood pressure control and cholesterol management. Additionally, Coast2Coast Rx can save you up to 50% on your diabetic supplies.

Don’t let the important men in your life take their health for granted or delay routine care any longer! This year, when you think about getting Dad or Grandpa a Fathers’ Day card, think about also getting them a card that’s just as important – a Coast2Coast Rx card.  What a great way to show that you care!

Are you going to plan a healthy activity this weekend – maybe a walk in the park, or a nutritious Fathers’ Day meal full of lean protein and vegetables? Join Coast2Coast Rx on Facebook and Twitter to tell us how you plan to celebrate National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 “Goal of Men’s Health Week” (2012, February 8) Men’s Health Month http://www.menshealthmonth.org/week/index.html

2 Nazario, Brunilda (2011, June 1)”Top Ten Health Threats for Men” WebMD http://men.webmd.com/guide/top-10-health-threats-men

3 “Tips for men for a healthy life” (2011, January 10) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Men’s Health http://www.womenshealth.gov/mens-health/

4 “Psychology of Wellness: Why Men Don’t Go to Doctors” BlueCross BlueShield of Texas  http://www.bcbstx.com/health/achieving_wellness/men_doctors.html

Speak Up About Healthy Hearing!

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May 16, 2012

Can you hear us now?  Coast2Coast Rx applauds the efforts of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for increasing awareness and promoting healthy treatments during Better Hearing and Speech Month.

According to the ASHA, hearing loss affects more than nine million Americans over the age of 65, making it one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States. Treatment and assistive technology can drastically improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing.1

In a survey conducted in 2011 by AARP and ASHA, 63 percent of poll respondents stated that the limits of their health insurance, concerns about cost, and lack of health insurance were reasons that prevented them from getting adequate treatment for their hearing difficulties.2

We cannot let aging Americans and others with hearing problems suffer in silence. In its efforts to provide a universe of healthcare cost savings, Coast2Coast Rx has partnered with qualified audiology centers to offers a variety of discounts on hearing-related treatments and products.  If you or someone you know is lacking hearing care in their insurance plan, or has exhausted those benefits during a covered period of time, the Coast2Coast Rx card may be able to help them save money on out-of-pocket costs.

  • A 35% discount off the price of hearing aids offered by our network provider
  • Free initial hearing exams valued at $119
  • A two-year supply of hearing aid batteries valued at $98 each
  • A two-year manufacturer’s warranty on hearing devices including coverage for loss and damage valued at $350
  • Unlimited follow-up visits with purchase the hearing devices (valued at $439 for six visits)
  • 100% service satisfaction guarantee
  • Flexible financing options

It’s time to raise the volume on the discussion of a lifetime of healthy hearing!  Make sure that you and your family discover the benefits of the Coast2Coast Rx card for your hearing and prescription needs.

What are you doing to make sure that you and your loved ones are enjoying a lifetime of healthy hearing?  Please share with us by adding Coast2Coast Rx in your social network on Facebook and Twitter.

 

1 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association “Communication Disorders in Older Americans – Prevalence of Hearing Loss Increases with Age” http://www.asha.org/about/news/tipsheets/04MarchTP.htm

2 “New AARP ASHA Study Shows Many AARP Members Suffering Hearing Issues in Silence” 2011, December 1 http://www.asha.org/About/news/Press-Releases/2011/New-AARP-ASHA-Study-Shows-Many-AARP-Members-Suffering-Hearing-Issues-in-Silence.htm

Women, it’s time to think about your health

May 14, 2012 by  
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May 14, 2012

What is National Women’s Health Week?  National Women’s Health Week is a great way to continue the Mother’s Day celebration! The weeklong observance brings together communities, businesses, government, schools, health organizations, places of worship, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health—and encourages your mother, sister, wife, friends, and you to make health a top priority. 1 Women are at risk for a variety of health issues; and WebMD has compiled the top 5 health concerns for women:2

  • Heart Disease
  • Breast Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Autoimmune Diseases

Women often serve as caregivers for their families, and sometimes put the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health recommends that women visit a healthcare professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings, ask their doctor about medications and supplements to consider, and eat, sleep, and exercise well in order to stay healthy.3

 

How can we celebrate National Women’s Health Week?  Anyone who wants to promote women’s health can celebrate. Organizations large and small will hold events, such as free health screenings and resource fairs, hand out educational materials, offer fitness classes, issue proclamations, spread the word through social media, and more. To find and event near you, visit: http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/events/.

The providers of the Coast2Coast Rx card believe that prohibitive cost should not have to prevent consumers from necessary dental, vision or hearing services, diabetes supplies or medications that thousands of women—and families—need. The Coast2Coast Rx Prescription discount card can help you save up to 75% on over 60,000 medications including those for blood pressure control as well as cholesterol management. Additionally, Coast2Coast Rx can save you up to 50% on all your diabetic supplies.

 

Women tend to wear many hats these days – whether you balance work, school, motherhood, a household, volunteering, hobbies, travel or all of the above, your plate gets full quickly!  That’s why it’s so important to make your health a priority. There are too many people counting on you to let your health decline. Let Coast2Coast Rx help you to help you and your loved ones stay healthy.

 

Let’s get social and stay connected! Join Coast2Coast Rx on Facebook and Twitter to tell us how you plan to celebrate National Women’s Health Week.

 

1 “What is National Women’s Health Week?” (2012, February 8.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/about/

 Zamora, Dulce (2010, October 18)” Women’s Top 5 Health Concerns” WebMD http://women.webmd.com/guide/5-top-female-health-concern

 3 “National Women’s Checkup Day: May 14, 2012” (2012, February 8.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/check-up-day/

 

A Vision of Affordable Eye Care

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May 10, 2012

Healthy Vision Month was established by National Eye Institute (NEI) in May 2003 to raise awareness of vision care as a health priority for the nation. Coast2Coast Rx encourages consumers to find out more about this important initiative.

In particular, Coast2Coast Rx reminds consumers to take steps to recognize and evaluate vision loss that often comes with aging. According to the the Association for Maculate-Disease, Age-Related Macular-Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 50. AMD gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. The early and intermediate stages of AMD usually start without symptoms, but scheduling a comprehensive dilated eye exam is a critical step to detect AMD. For more information on Age Related Macular-Degeneration visit the Association for Maculate-Disease at www.Macula.org.1

Millions of individuals in the United Statesare living with eye problems such as AMD and vision loss. The first step  towards improved eye health and vision care can be as simple (and critical!) as scheduling comprehensive dilated eye exams.

Prohibitive cost should not have to prevent individuals and families from maintaining their vision and eye health. Coast2Coast Rx Cardholders and their families will save an average of 10 percent to 50 percent on their eye care needs at over 12,000 chain and independent vision care providers.  If you or someone you know is does not vision care as part of their insurance plan, or has exhausted vision benefits provided, the Coast2Coast Rx card may be able to help them save money on out-of-pocket costs.

Coast2Coast Rx Cardholder benefits include but are not limited to:

  • National vision care network consisting of over 12,000 providers
  • Mail-order contact lenses
  • Immediate savings at point of purchase
  • Discounts on corrective surgery (LASIX)
  • 100% guarantee satisfaction for 30 days

Make it a priority to see clearly and take care of your vision.  Explore the benefits of the Coast2Coast Rx card; it may help you to see a bright future of  savings. Stay updated on Coast2Coast Rx and health news by making us part of  your social network on Facebook and Twitter.

1 “Age Related Macular-Degeneration (AMD)” http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/maculardegen/index.asp

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