Mobile County Saves $4 Million

June 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Press Release

Mobile County’s Discount Prescription Card, Coast2Coast Rx,
Saves Constituents More Than $4 Million by Third Anniversary

Program aids both residents and community with easy-to-access benefits

The Mobile County Commission announced that the county’s free discount prescription program, Coast2Coast Rx, has saved participating residents more than $4.3 million collectively on their prescriptions—an average of more than $1 million each year since the card launched in May 2010. Mobile was the first among Alabama counties to adopt the program, which has since expanded to more than 40 counties statewide and earned the endorsement of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

Residents save an average of 61 percent—with savings of up to 75 percent—on thousands of brand name and generic prescriptions through the Coast2Coast program. “With the current economy and changes to the health care industry, it is more important than ever for consumers to know their options when it comes to saving money on their health care needs,” said Commission President Merceria Ludgood.

Each time the card is used Mobile County receives $1 through the program—a distinguishing feature that contributes to the financial health of the county.

The card is easy to use. “The county’s discount prescription card offers unique benefits that make it an easy-to-use public resource—there is no paperwork, cost or enrollment period,” noted Commissioner Jerry Carl. “And one card can be used for an entire family.”

The card’s benefits are not limited to prescription savings. Through a network of partners, the card can also be used for discounts on diabetic supplies, vision, dental and hearing care and even pet prescriptions and veterinary services. According to Commissioner Connie Hudson, “The County’s program provides reduced prices on health care services through partner programs that demonstrate its value to our uninsured and underinsured constituents.”

Although the card provides the most significant savings to those who pay out-of-pocket for their medications and health expenses, such as the uninsured and those with incomplete coverage under their current plan, it can also help offset the expense of high deductibles and in some cases can even help relieve costs of the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”

“Mobile County is offering an excellent resource for constituents and all residents—not just the uninsured but the underinsured and those with high deductibles,” stated Chief Marketing Officer Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., the company that provides the discount prescription card. “The savings in Mobile County reflect just the tip of the iceberg in terms of residents’ potential to utilize this public service.”

To increase awareness and availability of the card, Mobile County Commissioners encourage area nonprofit organizations and businesses to request free supplies of cards for their constituents by contacting Coast2Coast Rx.

For immediate savings on prescriptions, the Mobile County card is available to print at /counties/al/mobile/. Consumers are encouraged to visit the Coast2Coast Rx blog as well as Facebook and Twitter profiles for health news and program updates.

Other counties in Alabama that have endorsed the Coast2Coast Rx Card program include: Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clarke, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Franklin, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Walker, Washington, Wilcox and Winston.  More county endorsements are expected soon.

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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.