Discounted drug program launched

Beginning January 2014, Sherburne County began to offer the Coast2Coast Rx Card program, switching from the NaCo program from previous years.

The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all county residents, regardless of income, age or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. The program has saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 60 percent in 2013 on the cost of prescription drugs, according to reports. The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Sherburne County and includes more than 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

“With health care costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time when they need it the most,” said Community Health Coordinator Mark Lees of the Sherburne County Health and Human Services. “There are no eligibility requirements, so the Rx card is expected to have a sizeable impact on uninsured residents or residents facing high insurance deductibles. If a particular drug isn’t covered under a person’s health plan, they can use the card to save on those prescriptions.”

Providing savings for residents through the Rx program will come at no expense to the county. Besides the discount on prescriptions, the card also provides discounts on dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services, plus discounts on lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment for all family members.

Martin Dettelbach, of Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., the issuer of the Coast2Coast Rx free discount card, said, “We are pleased to work with the county to help individuals, their families and pets combat the rising cost of health care.”

Dettelbach added, “We appreciate all that the county and local pharmacies are doing to help those in need.”

Sherburne County residents can print off their cards at www.coast2coastrx.com or call Coast2Coast at 800-931-8872.

Lees is also available to help answer questions. Lees can be reached at Mark.Lees@co.sherburne.mn.us.

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