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Use of County Rx Program Surges, Savings Top $3.5M

Savings from York County’s free discount prescription drug card have grown by 84 percent in the last year as more people take advantage of the program, the York County Commissioners announced today.

The Commissioners in May 2009 approved participating in the prescription drug card program, called Coast2Coast Rx. Managed by Florida-based Financial Marketing Concepts, the card offers users the opportunity to save up to 65 percent on the cost of prescription drugs.

Since launch, users have saved more than $3.5 million using the card, the commissioners announced.

Savings in the past year surged by $1,602,602, or 84 percent, according to the figures from the end of June. Over the same span, the number of people using the program jumped by 2,244, or 40 percent.

“We’re pleased to see that word of this program and its benefits continue to spread throughout the community,” said York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister. “We encourage the entire community, and particularly those who have no health insurance or are under-insured, to take advantage of this program.”

By of end June 2011, 5,599 unique people had filled 72,740 prescriptions using the card. They saved $1,909,913.

At the same time this year, 7,843 people had filled 114,740 prescriptions. Users saved $3,512,515 or an average of about 54 percent, off normal retail price.

All county residents, regardless of income, age or health status can participate in the free program.

It is primarily intended for use by people without health insurance, but in some cases may offer better pricing than some health insurance plans. It can be used by people with high deductibles, health savings accounts or to save money on prescription drugs that aren’t covered by their health insurance plans.

It can also be used by Medicare Part D participants without supplemental insurance during the “donut hole” gap in coverage, and for pet medications.

Participation in the program is simple. There is no cost or paperwork required.

People simply need to pick up one of the Coast2Coast Rx cards, which are available at many county offices, library locations and most chain and independent pharmacies. It can also be downloaded online at www.coast2coastrx.com/yorkpa.

More than 59,000 pharmacies, including all major chains and most independent pharmacies, accept the card.

For more information, or to print a card, people can visit www.coast2coastrx.com/yorkpa. A link is also available under the “most visited pages” section on the county’s website homepage at http://yorkcountypa.gov

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Media Contact: Carl Lindquist, ycpio@YorkCountyPa.gov

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