(Victor Valley)- – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today approved a contract with a private entity to provide prescription discount cards to residents without health insurance, at no cost to taxpayers.
“This is an innovative, privately-run program that will improve access to essential medicines and treatments for those who do not have health insurance,” said First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “At a time of continuing high unemployment, these cards will make a difference for those who need it most.”
The Board approved an agreement with Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. for the provision of the Coast2Coast Rx Discount Prescription Drug Card Program, which is offered in affiliation with the California State Association of Counties, and will enable County residents who do not have health insurance to purchase prescription drugs at a discounted price.
FMC will pay the County a royalty of $1.25 from each prescription filled through the Coast2Coast Program. The royalty revenue will be used to offset a portion of the County cost used to fund the Department of Public Health’s Healthy Communities program. The amount of royalty revenue that will be received by the County is unknown at this time.
Supervisor Mitzelfelt learned about prescription discount drug programs through his work with the National Association of Counties and asked county staff to see about initiating a similar program in San Bernardino County. The program through the California State Association of Counties was selected based on an analysis of its benefits.
“I appreciate Vice-Chairman Mitzelfelt bringing this idea to the county. The board’s action today will make health care more affordable for those who are uninsured or otherwise struggling,” said County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux.
San Bernardino County residents can visit www.coast2coastrx.com/sbc to print off a card and start using the program today.