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 – /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

Fall Into Fitness

November 21, 2012 by  
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You wake up lazily on a Saturday morning to find the leaves have changed to the beautiful rustic colors of red and brown. You take a moment to let it all sink in, it’s finally autumn–the brisk breeze, the pumpkin pie and of course Thanksgiving. Most of us want to just sink down into our favorite comfy sweater and sit by the fire with a cup of something warm. It’s easy to let ourselves be completely indulged in the fall season, but don’t let those yummy treats get to you! What are you to do when you are surrounded by comfy couches and delicious pumpkin pie? Don’t worry; we have read through plenty of expert advice to find some great tips to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle.  

The weather may sometimes be dreary but there are a lot of options available to keep yourself active and healthy. WebMD has a great article about how to keep you exercising during the fall season1. If you belong to a gym, weather should not be holding you back from getting in there and breaking a sweat. Take this as an opportunity to see if your gym offers any new classes that you have wanted to try. Sign up for that spinning class your friends keep telling you about and take them with you. It is always a good idea to have support when exercising in order to keep each other motivated, focused, and accountable. Don’t go to the gym? That’s okay too, there is still a lot you can do in and around your own home to make sure you are getting the exercise you need to stay fit. Shape magazine has created a list of the “Top 10 Best Workout Videos on YouTube”. These videos allow the viewer to get a great workout with minimal or no equipment, and you won’t have to pay the gym membership fee2. Don’t forget to enjoy this enchanting time of the year and get outside. Take advantage of the cooler temperature and go pick some apples with the family or go on a hike to appreciate the changing seasons.

In order to keep up your healthy lifestyle you must always incorporate a balanced diet as well as staying active. Thanksgiving is the holiday where we are used to eating a freshly basted turkey leg with a side of steaming hot mashed potatoes with a pat of butter on top and a slice of pumpkin pie to satisfy our sweet tooth. There are plenty of healthy and delicious alternative ways to enjoy a favorite holiday. Marlo Thomas at the Huffington Post has come up with twelve tips for you to keep up your fall fitness3. She links us to a simple, delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. For example, Joy Bauersuggests keeping the skin on the potatoes as it supplies more fiber to the dish, using half white potatoes and half white cauliflower and adding skim milk or 1% to the potatoes4. These little changes to a traditional recipe are a great way to keep the calories down while still enjoying this Thanksgiving.

Take time this fall to be thankful for your friends, family and the gift of good health. Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on our year and look forward to a bright future. Coast2Coast is committed to helping consumers stay healthy and offer resources to benefit you and your loved ones. We are here to provide not only discounted prescriptions and health services, but also to keep you informed about your health and how you can make positive lifestyle choices to keep you healthy.

 

 

1. WebMd “10 Tips for Fall Fitness” http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/10-tips-fall-fitness

2. Shape “The 10 Best Workout Videos on YouTube”http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/10-best-workout-videos-youtube

3. The Huffington Post “12 Expert Tips for Fall Fitness” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlo-thomas/tips-for-fall-fitness_b_1967093.html#slide=1631749

4. The Huffington Post “A Healthy Mashed Potato Recipe For The Holidays, From Joy Bauer” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/a-healthy-mashed-potato-r_n_1102055.html?ref=marlo-thomas

 

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!

April 27, 2012 by  
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Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!
April 26, 2012

Coast2Coast Rx encourages you to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” this Saturday, April 28.

Unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions can be deposited at many local sheriff’s departments and community sites across the country from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Consumers nationwide can search for their closest secure drop-off site by visiting the Collection Site Locator that the DEA has provided. When dropping off your medications please be sure that contents are in secure containers; collection staff will ensure that medications are disposed of safely.

With spring upon us, it’s time for a fresh start – time to clean out the old to make room for the new. While in spring-cleaning mode, make it a priority to clean out medicine cabinets and clear out expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs. While keeping prescriptions updated can be costly, doing so can be a significant step to a healthy lifestyle for individuals and families. In an effort to make prescription drugs and other healthcare services more affordable, the Coast2Coast Rx card provides millions of dollars in savings for individuals and families nationwide by offering discounts of up to 75 percent on more than 60,000 brand name and generic drugs. The Coast2Coast Rx can be a valuable asset to any household – even if you have a healthcare plan already, the card may be able to help you save on prescriptions or services not covered by your insurer. The program is especially helpful to those without health insurance or experiencing the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”

Make time to stop by your drop-off location this Saturday to clean out your medicine cabinet! As always, stay updated by including Coast2Coast Rx on your social network on Facebook and Twitter.

*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.