Discount program benefits Hennepin County

June 25, 2013 by  
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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 lforsythe@alarus.biz 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.

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*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.