Free Discount Card Saves Residents $3.7 Million on Prescriptions

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

The providers of Coast2Coast Rx and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors are celebrating two milestone events: the third anniversary of the launch of their free prescription discount card and the more than $3.7 million that residents have saved on prescriptions costs since the program began in September 2009. The Coast2Coast Rx discount prescription program provides consumers benefits that include savings of up to 75 percent off prescriptions costs, access to additional discounted healthcare services, and the ability to better manage and improve personal and family health outcomes. In addition, for each prescription filled using the card, $1.25 is generated for public programs in Alameda County. “The Coast2Coast discount Rx card program is an excellent resource for constituents—one that can help them get the prescriptions they need to manage their health,” said Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. “The results speak for themselves; in three short years residents have saved more than $3.7 million on important prescriptions during challenging economic circumstances.” For 2012, Coast2Coast Rx card revenue helped support the Healthy Living Festival organized by the local nonprofit United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, and Alameda County Area Agency on Aging’s annual Healthy Aging Fair. The free card provides instant discounts of up to 75 percent on over 60,000 brand name and generic prescription drugs and through a partner program, can save consumers on dental, vision and hearing services, lab and imaging services, diabetes supplies and even pet prescriptions and veterinary services. With no eligibility requirements, the card is available to all Alameda County residents regardless of age or health status. While the card can provide significant savings for those without health insurance, it can also be effective for those whose insurance plans carry high deductibles or do not cover certain medications.  In some instances the card can be used to offset the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” For immediate savings on prescription costs, Alameda County residents can download and print their free card at www.coast2coastrx.com/alameda/.
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