Paying it Forward

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.