Coast2Coast Rx Saves San Diego County Residents Almost $5 million in Prescription Costs in First Year

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Discount program allows consumers to reinvest in their community while saving on prescriptions

Coast2Coast Rx Card

The San Diego County of Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to approve an extension of the Coast2Coast Rx card partnership.

The Coast2Coast Rx card has saved residents of San Diego County more than $4.8 million on the costs of their drug prescriptions, company officials and County leaders announced today at an event marking the one-year anniversary of the program. Yesterday the San Diego County of Board of Supervisors voted to approve an extension of the partnership, which was initiated on a trial basis in 2011.

The prescription discount program was first approved by the Board of Supervisors and launched in San Diego County in June 2011. County leaders said that in addition to offering reduced prices on prescriptions and other useful healthcare services, the program serves the greater community by contributing $1.35 for each prescription filled to the County for public programs.

“The response to this program has been tremendous,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “We knew in these challenging economic times that our partnership with Coast2Coast would be important to the community. That was proven correct when 21,973 members filled 143,472 prescriptions in the first 14 months.”

All consumers are eligible to use the Coast2Coast Rx card regardless of age, income or health status, and there are no membership requirements or enrollment paperwork. Not only can the program can be a significant cost-saver for consumers who have limited or no insurance coverage, it can also provide relief to those facing high deductibles or costs of prescriptions not covered under their current plan. In some cases the card can be used by senior citizens to offset the “donut hole;” the out-of-pocket expenses that Medicare Part D patients experience.

With the Coast2Coast Rx card, consumers have access to discounted rates on more than 60,000 name brand and generic prescriptions, allowing them to save 10 percent or more on every fill. In some cases, discounts of 75 percent are available, while the nationwide average in 2011 was 55 percent savings. Through partner programs, card users can select from a network of providers offering vision, dental, hearing, lab and imaging services, as well as diabetes supplies and even pet prescriptions and veterinary care.

Coast2Coast Rx is expanding its work with public departments and local nonprofit agencies to increase awareness and use of the card. Any organization with constituents who can benefit from the free program is encouraged to request a supply of cards and distribution materials.

“This program has saved County residents money during these difficult economic times,” said San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox. “We want more people to have access to the card so I urge San Diegans to call 2-1-1 to find out more information about the program.”

To start saving immediately on prescription drug prices, San Diego County residents can download and print their free card at http://www.coast2coastrx.com/sd/. It will be valid for use by all family members immediately, with no expiration date. Consumers and organizations alike are encouraged to stay up to date on Coast2Coast Rx and healthcare news by adding Coast2Coast Rx to their social network on Facebook and Twitter.

About Coast2Coast Rx Card
The mission of the Coast2Coast Rx Card is to provide a universe of prescription savings options while improving health outcomes. The Coast2Coast Rx Card has provided millions of dollars in savings on prescription drugs for its program members. A product of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., a Florida corporation (“FMC”), that is a leader in the supplemental benefits field, the Coast2Coast Rx Card was developed as a result of the belief that the cost of products and services has risen so drastically that a need has arisen among many families to supplement these costs with benefit programs and prescription cards. For more information please visit http://www.coast2coastrx.com/.

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