Healthy Living

Jul 19, 2010 12:08 PM by Bethany Tucker

San Luis Obispo Co. to give out free prescription discount cards

San Luis Obispo County leaders want to make prescription drugs more affordable to local residents.

The County says it plans to announce a new plan called Coast2Coast Rx, which it says will help San Luis Obispo County residents save an average of 45 percent on their medications. Supervisor Frank Mecham and Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. plan to announce the free program on Wednesday, July 21.

The County says, once launched, Coast2Coast Rx will be available to all county residents, regardless of their income, age or health status. The card will be given out for free and can be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in San Luis Obispo County. It covers more than 60,000 drugs.

"With healthcare costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens county
families are facing at a time when they need it the most," said Supervisor Mecham, in a press release.

The County says the goal behind this program is to help all local residents who need prescription drugs, but are having trouble affording them because they don't have insurance or their prescription isn't covered by their health care plan.

Besides prescriptions, there are other benefits to those who obtain a Coast2Coast Rx card. The County will be paid a royalty based on the usage of the card. Plus, cardholders will also be given 50 to 80 percent discounts for lab and imaging tests.

The Coast2Coast Rx card will be available to residents at participating pharmacies, libraries and County health facilities. Residents will also be able to print out their own Rx card, check their prescription prices and search for participating locations by going to www.coast2coastrx.com/sloca

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