Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hoboken launches new Rx to residents with prescription savings plan

City of Hoboken announces:


Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined Heinz Foundation President Jeffrey Lewis and Financial Marketing Concepts Inc., (FMC) to announce the launch of a new prescription drug discount program.

The new Coast2Coast Rx card will allow all city residents -- regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. This program has already saved cardholders an average of 45% in 2010 on the cost of prescription drugs. Even pets and family members living outside the city are able to take part in the program. The Rx card will be distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Hoboken and throughout the nation and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

“With healthcare costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some of the financial burdens Hoboken families are facing at a time when they need it the most,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

“There are no eligibility requirements, so the Rx card is expected to have a sizeable impact on uninsured residents, residents facing high insurance deductibles and will allow savings for persons in need of prescriptions not covered by their current plans,” added Jeffrey Lewis.

Providing savings for residents through the Rx program will come at no expense to the City of Hoboken or its taxpayers. Besides the discounts on prescriptions, the card also provides 50% to 80% discounts for lab and imaging tests, further helping cardholders save even more money on their healthcare costs for these services. 

“We are pleased to work with Hoboken to help individuals, their families and pets combat the rising cost of healthcare,” said Martin Dettelbach, Chief Marketing Officer of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., of Ponte Vedra BeachFlorida, the issuer of the Coast2Coast Rx free discount card. “We appreciate all that the City of Hoboken and local pharmacies are doing to help those in need.” 

The Coast2Coast Rx card will soon be available for residents to pick up at most participating pharmacies, the Mayor’s office and Clerk’s office in City Hall, the Multi Service Center, the Housing Authority, the Hoboken library, Hoboken UniversityMedical Center, and other locations.  Residents may also print the Rx card, check their prescription prices and view the nearest participating locations at www.coast2coastrx.comTo print the car, go to the Print Free Card menu button, click on city in the dropdown list, then click on the City of Hoboken.

The Coast2Coast Rx card will provide residents with a valuable tool to help maintain their health and wellbeing at an affordable cost. 

Features of the card include:

  • 59,000+ participating pharmacies including all major chains and most independents
  • Over 60,000 drugs included in formulary
  • Save up to 65% on a brand name or generic drug
  • Overall annual savings range from 30% to 45%
  • Card is good for an entire family
  • Cardholder pays no fees for the card
  • No paperwork to fill out – card is ready to use
  • There are no health, age or income restrictions; everyone qualifies
  • Card has no expiration date and can be used as often as needed
  • Card can be used to fill pet prescriptions at participating pharmacies
  • Card is primarily for uninsured although insureds can use the card if they have a high deductible
  • Insureds can use the card if their drug isn’t covered by their insurance
  • In some instances the card can be used during the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”
  • Cardholder information is held confidential and is not used for any other purpose.
  • The card includes 50%-80% discounts on lab and imaging tests

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Rami Pinchevsky - It's official: In for the win for the 4th ward council seat

Rami Pinchevsky for Council announces:


Last week Rami Pinchevsky, a current Hoboken Democratic Committeeman in the 4th Ward, filed paperwork with New Jersey Board of Elections to run for Hoboken City Council this May. His decision to run is motivated by a frustration with the current political rhetoric.

“What we need is an independent voice representing everyone in the 4th Ward. For too long, politics and the status quo have stood in the way of real progressive change. We deserve the services that our hard-earned tax dollars pay for."

“I am recently married and planning to start a family here, so the long term health of Hoboken is very important to me. With scenes like our former Mayor being cuffed and dragged out of City Hall, it is hard to believe that money for parks, road maintenance, public safety, or environmental preservation is being spent as effectively as it can be. This, combined with the political grand-standing that recently jeopardized the entire city when the council was gridlocked over a simple budget procedure, is a recipe for disaster,” Pinchevsky said.

Rami has lived in Hoboken's 4th Ward for nearly a decade. He has been an active member of the community for many years, beginning with his involvement in the Save Block 11 movement to protect designated park land from being over developed.

Pinchevsky is a credentialed actuary. He has spent his professional life analyzing employee benefits, measuring value, and assessing risk to help companies become as efficient with their finances as possible. “80% of Hoboken’s budget is salary and benefits. We need a professional on the council who can review bills, budgets, and paperwork and make informed decisions, not someone who simply takes marching orders or gauges public opinion to get reelected,” Pinchevsky said.

For more information on Rami’s campaign for City Council, go to RamiForCouncil.com