Free Rx cards available

COVINGTON - Newton County residents can now obtain free prescription discount cards at county facilities and participating local pharmacies.

Coast2Coast Rx cards will allow residents to save on medications regardless of income, age or health status. The cards were endorsed by the Board of Commissioners in June.

County locations where the cards are available are: the Board of Commissioners meeting room at the Newton County Historic Courthouse; Clerk of Court’s office and court offices at the Newton County Judicial Center; Covington and Porter branches of Newton County Library; health and mental health departments; tag office, 4-H office and voter registration offices at the Newton County Administration Building; Recreation Commission and Senior Center at Turner Lake Complex; and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority.

The card provides discounts on prescriptions, dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services, as well as lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment for all family members. They are also available at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in the county, according to a press release issued by Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., the Florida company that issues the cards. Cards can also be printed at www.coast2coastrx.com.

The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Newton County and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary. Cardholders have saved an average of 60 percent on prescription drug costs this year, according to the press release.

“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 it the most,” said Chairman Keith Ellis via press release. “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.”

Cardholders cannot use both their insurance cards and the Coast2Coast Rx Card for a service or prescription, and prescriptions purchased through the program are not eligible for reimbursement through Medicaid, Medicare or any other government program. The cards can be used by those without health insurance and those whose insurance does not cover a particular medication. Those with high deductible plans can use the card and mail receipts in to the insurance company to count towards their deductibles.

Residency in Newton is not a requirement to obtain a card. One card can be used for families. Family members include all dependents.

Cardholders can also save on veterinarian services at participating offices, including office visits, surgical procedures, X-rays, injections and teeth care.

“We are pleased to work with the county to help individuals, their families and pets combat the rising cost of healthcare. We appreciate all that the county and local pharmacies are doing to help those in need,” said Martin Dettelbach, chief marketing officer of Financial Marketing Concepts.

The county will receive a royalty of $1.25 for every prescription filled using the card.

The county’s participation in the program is the idea of Commissioner J.C. Henderson, who first learned about it at an Association County Commissioners of Georgia conference. Henderson asked the County Attorney’s Office to investigate. After hearing a favorable report at the June 4 board meeting, Henderson made the motion to endorse the program, which was approved 4 to 0 with Commissioner John Douglas abstaining.