Paying it Forward

June 21, 2012 by  
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Hello from AmadorCounty,

Amador County recently reached milestones in its partnership with the Coast2Coast Rx card program — its three-year anniversary of participation, and more than $1.1 million saved by consumers using the card. I have been an advocate of the Coast2Coast Rx card in our community because I see it as a way for public servants like me to provide a vehicle for constituents to have access to affordable healthcare services while reinvesting in the community. And the irony is our collective impact requires minimal effort; on my part, it is as easy as the commitment to endorse the program.

In this public-private collaboration, the Board of Supervisors in Amador County endorsed the free discount card, offering our residents easy access to discounted rates on thousands of prescriptions and on health care services, diabetes supplies and even pet medications. Consumers have been comparing costs using the card and found themselves saving 10, 25 or even up to 75 percent on their regular visits to the pharmacy; something that we’ve been told can be the deciding factor in whether or not to fill a prescription. For the County, the program can best be described as a “win-win.” There are no administrative costs or added responsibilities to County staff and yet our public programs, namely Amador Lifeline and Meals on Wheels, benefit tremendously (read more about that here).

While it’s not required that County personnel take measures to promote the program, we have found that a little bit of effort and creativity can yield fantastic results. Virginia Manner, executive director of Amador Lifeline, a service of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, has gone above and beyond to connect with local agencies and venues that are in turn providing the card to those who need it most. Her efforts and those of community organizations have increased the availability and use of the card. Outreach has included:

– Cards are available in the Amador County Administration Building lobby and at the Supervisors’ counter.

– Providing cards to clients and staff of local hospice programs, convalescent homes and residential care facilities.

– Making cards available at all local physician’s offices, medical clinics, home care agencies, ER rooms and hospital services.

– Providing cards to local union representatives for members and their families.

– Efforts to distribute cards via Amador County school children’s “Tuesday Home Packet” and to include in county telephone, cable, and waste disposal bills.

– Providing cards to local business owners to include in payroll envelopes.

– Distributing cards at local thrift shops, grocery stores and pharmacies, at the county fair and via our volunteer fire departments and ambulances.

– Offering cards at our Senior Center, County Health and Social Services offices and in their Senior Emergency Backpacks program.

– Distributing cards to attendees of local meetings, such as the Commission on Aging and Amador County Women’s Network.

– Outreach to the community via service clubs, public health fairs and community events.

We believe that the more we give, the more we get. This is true with the Coast2Coast Rx card program — with our efforts to raise awareness and use of the card, the amount of royalty funds we receive grows, which we are able to “pay forward” by allocating that to programs serving our senior citizens.

Even those of us working to get the card to the community continue to discover that it can benefit us personally. A coordinator at Amador Lifeline, who has been instrumental in distributing the card to our clients over the last three years, finally decided to look at the discounts available through the Coast2Coast Rx program. When the price of her prescription rose to $130 and wasn’t covered by her insurance, she asked for an estimate using the Coast2Coast Rx card — and was pleasantly surprised to find out that her discounted cost would be just $28!

I encourage public administrators and consumers alike to explore the benefits of the Coast2Coast Rx card, you are likely to find that it can provide great savings to you and your family, or to someone you know.

 

Warm Regards,

Amador County Supervisor John Plasse

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Your Daily Dose of Coast2Coast

October 25, 2011 by  
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An Introduction to the Coast2Coast Rx Card

It’s no secret that health care costs are a hot-button topic across the country.  But what gets lost in the political and financial debate is that the drastic increase in healthcare expenses can take a toll on the quality of life for many individuals and families.  And that is where the Coast2Coast Rx Card comes in — saving consumers millions of dollars in prescription costs while helping to improve health outcomes.

You’ve probably encountered some kind of prescription discount offer before, and it’s hard to know what is actually going to benefit users… many discount programs are filled with fine print, complicated enrollment forms, and even just sound gimmicky. And we know you don’t have time to research the fine print in every plan; so trust the people you’ve already elected: the County Board of Supervisors has already vetted and approved the Coast2Coast Rx Card in 16 counties throughout California, and the California State Association of Counties has given it their stamp of approval, as well.

Consumers in each of the participating counties can save up to 75% on the cost of more than 60,000 brand name drugs, while filling their prescriptions at one of 59,000+ participating pharmacies nationwide.  There are even discounts available on dental, vision, hearing and lab services as well as diabetes supplies.  And our two favorite aspects about the card – it’s free and anyone can use it (there are no restrictions on age, income level or health conditions and no expiration date); plus, it’s the only prescription discount plan that gives back even more to the community.  In fact, in California alone, Coast2Coast contributes $1.25 to the participating county for each prescription filled using the card — (and this in no way impacts or increases the prescription costs for cardholders; the opposite is true as cardholders save up to 75% on the cost of each prescription) — providing much-needed funds for public programs.

Using the Coast2Coast Rx Card is truly a win-win situation and one of the easiest ways for consumers to save money on healthcare essentials while giving back to their community.  Because in the end, the health care debate is not about politics or profits… it’s about getting individuals and families the best care possible so that they can be healthy, happy and productive from coast to coast.

P.S.  Because we’ve heard that this program sounds too good to be true, here’s the background —the Coast2Coast Rx Card is a product of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., which has been leveraging buying power and building strategic relationships to bring membership programs and insurance products to customers for more than 20 years.  The mission of the Coast2Coast Rx Card is to provide a universe of prescription savings options while improving health outcomes.  For more information we encourage you to visit /index.php/about-us/.

*This is NOT insurance. Discounts are only available at participating pharmacies. By using this card you agree to pay the entire prescription cost less any applicable discount. Savings may vary by drug and by pharmacy. The program administrator may obtain fees or rebates from manufacturers and/or pharmacies based on your prescription drug purchases. These fees or rebates may be retained by the program administrator or shared with you and/or your pharmacy. Prescriptions purchased through this program will not be eligible for reimbursement through Medicaid, Medicare or any other government program. This program does not guarantee the quality of the services or products offered by individual providers. We do not sell your personal information. Call the member toll-free number on the front of the ID card (1-800-931-8872) to file a complaint related to this program. Note to Texas Consumers: You may contact the Texas Department of Insurance if you remain dissatisfied after completing this program’s complaint process. Owned and operated by Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc.; a Florida Corporation.