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Dallas Co. Says Rx Plan Has Saved Nearly $10,000,000

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A photo illustration shows a ring of U.S. twenty dollar bills with a bottle of prescription drugs. (credit: Getty Images/Karen Bleier/AFP)

A photo illustration shows a ring of U.S. twenty dollar bills with a bottle of prescription drugs. (credit: Getty Images/Karen Bleier/AFP)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Leaders in Dallas are set to hold a press conference praising the benefits of the Coast2Coast Rx Card program that was launched in 2009.

According to Dallas County estimates, by the end of May the program will have saved Dallas County residents nearly $10,000,000. Over the last 20 months residents have filled some 400,000 prescriptions using the card.

“There are no eligibility requirements so the Rx card has had a sizeable impact on uninsured residents, residents facing high insurance deductibles and allows savings for persons in need of prescriptions not covered by their current plans,” explained Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a press release statement.

The Coast2Coast Rx card is free and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Dallas County. The card covers prescriptions for more than 60,000 different drugs.

Regardless of income, age, or current health, all county residents and their family members can participate in the program.

It doesn’t cost Dallas County any money to run the program, in fact Coast2Coast Rx Card pays the county a royalty for each prescription filled. So far, nearly $109,000 in royalties have been paid and the royalty amount was recently raised from $.75 to $1.25.

The Coast2Coast Rx card is available for residents at many participating pharmacies and most Dallas County libraries. Residents can also print the Rx card, check their prescription prices and view the nearest participating locations on the company website.

Besides Dallas County – Collin, Denton, Ellis, Hill, Hunt and Kaufman Counties have all joined the program.

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