Participating local pharmacies
CVS Pharmacy, 114 E. Gen. Screven Way
Hinesville Pharmacy, 481 E.G. Miles Parkway
Kroger Pharmacy, 555 W. Oglethorpe Hwy.
Walmart Pharmacy, 751 W. Oglethorpe Hwy.
Coastal Discount Pharmacy, 204 Butler Ave., Midway
Liberty Countians have a new friend at the pharmacy counter. It is a free Coast2CoastRx card that qualifies the carrier for discounts on medications at area pharmacies and other health services.
Cardholders can present the card for prescriptions at any of the five participating pharmacies in the county or at any of 140,000 participating pharmacies nationwide. Holders are responsible for any co-payments or other charges that may be required by their plans. The program also allows for discounts for dental, vision and diabetic-supply programs. Use of the card is transferable among family members, or every member of the family can cutomize their own free card.
“I think this is a great product, great project, and when I see the reported numbers and what it has done to really help local people, it really makes me feel good,” Liberty County Assistant Administrator Bob Sprinkel said.
County Commission Chairman John McIver learned about the program at a Georgia Association of County Commissioners meeting and asked Sprinkel to look into it.
“After I researched it front and backward and upside down and felt like there was not anything hidden in the program that could hurt the community or the commission, I found it to be really above board,” Sprinkel said.
The program has been approved by the commission. Commissioners signed an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts that developed the Coast2CoastRx program. Financial Marketing issues the cards and enrolls pharmacies and other health-service providers. Financial Marketing provides Liberty County a $1.25 per-prescription royalty. The royalty does not increase cardholder costs.
Sprinkel said the royalties go into the county’s general fund and “that money has not yet been fully designated.”
“The intent of the royalty money will be for indigent care, as we are obligated as a county to provide, or to senior citizens, or a wellness program. Basically those programs that give back to the citizens we are already spending money for, to offset the costs of programs already in place,” he said.
As Coast2CoastRx enters its third month in the county, more and more residents are learning of the card and using it. Reports from a recent month show 10 claims by residents, representing $258 in prescriptions. Those cardholders paid $82 of the $258, saving $175, or 68 percent.
The following month, 20 claims were reported, representing $1,090 in prescriptions. Cardholders paid $356, saving $742 or 68 per-cent.
Residents are able to print the card and see participating locations at www.coast2coastrx.com. To get a card, click “print free card.” Then click on the “Rx Discount Cards for Counties” link and select Liberty County from the Georgia map. Fill out the form and then click “submit.”
The program also covers dental services from 12 area providers in Richmond Hill, Hinesville and Allenhurst. Residents can refer a dentist for consideration to opt into the program.
Coast2Coast Rx cardholders and their families can save up to 70 percent on diabetes supplies with special discount pricing for online orders.
Even cardholders’ pets eventually may benefit. No area veterinarians have opted into the program yet, but Sprinkel said he hopes one will sign on soon.