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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 10, 2010

New discount prescription card offers savings for residents

The City of Kansas City, Mo. is pleased to announce its participation in the Coast2Coast Rx discount prescription card program, effective Tuesday, Dec. 14. This card will offer significant healthcare savings to Kansas City’s residents, regardless of age, income or health status, and without cost to taxpayers or the City. Used in many other municipalities, the program has saved cardholders an average of 45 percent on prescription drugs in 2010.

“With healthcare costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens Kansas City families are facing at a time when they need it the most,” said Councilman John Sharp.

The card is distributed free of charge at most pharmacies or online at www.coast2coastrx.com, and it can be used at all pharmacy chains and at most independent pharmacies. There is no enrollment form, membership fee, usage limits or card expiration date. Family members living outside of Kansas City and pets can also partake in the program.

“There are no eligibility requirements, so the Rx card is expected to have a sizeable affect on uninsured residents, residents facing high insurance deductibles and insured residents in need of prescriptions not covered by their current plans,” said Councilwoman Beth Gottstein.

In addition to saving residents money, the City will receive a $0.75 royalty on each filled prescription, which comes out of the pharmacy dispensing fee. The City will use the added revenue to help subsidize the City employee healthcare system. Participating pharmacies will absorb the money lost to help propel additional business.

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

Acting City Manager Troy Schulte; City Councilmembers Beth Gottstein and John Sharp; and Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. will hold a press conference to launch the new program Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the City Manager’s Office on the 29th floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

For more information, please visit www.coast2coastrx.com or contact Martin Dettelbach at 1-800-931-8832.

For media inquiries about the City of Kansas City, Mo., please contact Dennis Gagnon, City of Kansas City, Mo., public information officer, at 816-513-2659.

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