Maine Township residents save over
$230,000 with prescription drug card
"When Maine Township launched its new prescription discount program that allows all Maine Township residents—regardless of income, age, or health status—to save on the cost of their medications, we knew this was a good thing," says Township Supervisor Carol A. Teschky. "But, the results have exceeded everyone's expectations. We are pleased to report that our township participants saved $230,045 in 2013 on 4,143 prescriptions filled."
Teschky explains that the discount received by participants versus retail pricing amounted to an average of 64.56% overall for last year. The most money was saved in January, 2013 when the percentage hit a high of 68.43%.
The free prescription drug card offered through Coast2Coast Rx is good for the entire family and may be picked up at Maine Township offices or may also be downloaded and printed by going to www.coast2coastrx.comunder "townships".
“With healthcare 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 help the most,” said Teschky. Since there are no eligibility requirements, the Rx card was expected to have a sizeable impact particularly on uninsured residents or residents who face high insurance deductibles.
Maine Township joined other townships throughout Cook, Lake and DuPage counties in offering this free card. Although the card is designed for people without health insurance, all residents should compare pricing whether or not they have insurance because in some cases it may offer better pricing than certain health insurance plans. In addition, some medications might not be covered in health plans that are covered by the Coast2Coast Rx card.
Teschky stresses that providing savings for residents through the Rx program comes at no expense to the Township. In fact, the Township received a royalty of about 50 cents per prescription for a total of $3,300 in 2013. The royalty does not increase costs to the cardholder. Besides the discount on prescriptions, the card also provides 50 to 80 percent discounts for lab and imaging tests, further helping residents save even more money on their healthcare costs.
Not insurance—and not intended to replace insurance—the Coast2Coast Rx plan features 59,000 plus participating pharmacies including major chains and most independents, more than 60,000 drugs, and savings of up to 65 percent on brand name generics. The card has no expiration date and may be used as needed—even for pet prescriptions that are filled at a participating pharmacy.
For more information about the program, please call 847-297-2510, ext. 236 or visit www.coast2coastrx.com.