A new drug prescription card will save Blue Earth County residents more on drugs and extend those savings to dental, visual and veterinarian care, the marketers of the Coast 2 Coast card said.
The Blue Earth County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the new card in place of the current one, offered through the National Association of Counties for the past six years.
The Coast 2 Coast card was a better choice for a few reasons, said Jessica Beyer, communications manager and business analyst for the county.
First, the company markets the card itself, which was formerly a duty of the county for the NACo card.
In addition, the card saves more on prescription medication.
Martin Dettelbach, chief marketing officer for Financial Marketing Concepts, said the average savings are about 60 percent off retail, compared to about 23 percent for the NACo card.
The expansion of the card for health care providers is also significant to the county, though the list is much more narrow than it is for pharmacists, almost all of whom already accept the card.
The Coast 2 Coast card will have a formal kickoff in Blue Earth County in about a month, though it will be usable in about a week, Dettelbach said.
For more information, visit www.coast2coastrx.com