Santa Barbara Residents Save More Than $5.4M
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.