Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fulton Board Signs on to Discount Healthcare Plan for Citizens

In a unanimous vote today, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners is making discounted healthcare services available to residents by teaming up, at no cost to the county, with the Coast2Coast Rx Discount Card Program.   In fact, according to the contract with parent company Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Fulton County will receive a “royalty of $1.25 for every claim paid by the company”.  In addition to discounts on prescriptions, the card will provide discounts on dental, vision, hearing, the Diabetes Savings Program, imaging and lab tests and even veterinary services for pets. 
 
Once the program is up and running, residents will be able to learn about and print their cards online.  Cards will also be available at Fulton County health centers, government centers and libraries.  They will be accepted at participating pharmacies.  Details of other healthcare providers participating in the program will be made widely available to the public through what the company says will be a broad “newspaper, radio, television and internet” campaign. 

The resolution was sponsored by District 4 Commissioner Joan Garner—a passionate healthcare advocate and the Commissioner overseeing the County’s core principle that “All People are Healthy.”  It was co-sponsored by District 5 Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr. 

“The Coast2Coast Discount program ensures all people are healthy by increasing access to services that may have otherwise been unaffordable for Fulton County residents,” says District 5 Commissioner Joan Garner. “We know that the costs of prescriptions, lab tests, and medical supplies can often be barriers for those who are on low or fixed incomes. I’m glad that our board unanimously voted to make this program a reality, and I hope that all Fulton County residents will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Coast2Coast Rx says other healthcare services may be added to its discounted services list.  The company reports the average discount for its “cardholder base in 2013 was over 65%.”  It says the cards of Fulton residents will be assigned a unique Group Code so they can be tracked anywhere they are used at participating pharmacies, including those anywhere in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico.

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