County program provides prescription drug and other discounts

Under a free program launched in June by the County of San Diego, residents can save up to 65 percent on prescription drugs and up to 80 percent on lab and imaging tests. They also can get substantial discounts for dental, vision, and hearing services, as well as medications for animals.

To participate, simply ask for a Coast2Coast Rx Card at pharmacies, libraries and county Family Resource Centers. Residents can also have a card mailed to them by calling Coast2Coast Rx at 800-931-8872 or print one from www.coast2coastrx.com.

The program has no income, age or other restrictions. There is no application process or waiting period to get a card. Residents simply present the card with their prescription to receive a discount.

The Coast2Coast Rx Card is aimed primarily at those who are uninsured or underinsured. It’s not an insurance product. Those who already have insurance will likely get the most out of using their own insurance card. However, even the insured could benefit from getting a Coast2Coast Rx Card; in instances where their insurance does not cover a particular medication, they may be able to get a discount using the Coast2Coast Rx Card, as more than 60,000 brand-name and generic prescription drugs are included in the program.

According to Financial Marketing Concepts, which operates Coast2Coast, the card is accepted by all the major chains, such as CVS, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target and Rite Aid, as well as most independent pharmacies. To find a list of participating sites by zip code, city or county, visit Coast2Coast Rx online.