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“California Drug Card Program”


(Fresno, CA) – A new prescription drug card program gives Californians discounts of up to 75% percent at pharmacies statewide.

The California Drug Card program is different from government and other private discount programs because it is not limited to low-income people or senior citizens.

Anyone is eligible, regardless of income, membership or age.

The free card can be downloaded and printed by logging onto a web site.

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“California Rx Card Has Saved Residents over $26.2 Million”


(Sacramento, CA) – California residents have saved over $26.2 million on prescription drugs through California Rx Card since the launch of the free statewide prescription assistance program. The program, which offers free discount drug cards to California residents, was launched in October, 2007. Every resident of California is eligible to participate in the program. There are no restrictions to membership, no income requirements, no age limitations, no waiting periods, and there are no applications to fill out.

California Rx Card was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of California afford their prescription medications. However, the program can also be used by people that have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans. Additionally, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. This includes people enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Healthcare is such an important topic in America today. We have taken advantage of this window of opportunity to create awareness and provide prescription assistance to thousands of Californians, states Program Director, Edward J. Brown III. We are committed to providing all residents of California with the help they need to be able to afford their medications.

Anyone residing or working in California can download a FREE discount drug card by visiting Anyone not able to access the website, or otherwise obtain a member card, can simply visit any CVS/pharmacy or Longs Drug Store location in California and ask the pharmacist to process their prescription through California Rx Card. The card offers pharmacy discounts at more than 50,000 drug stores around the country. California residents can download a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies at

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“California Rx Card Saves Californians Thousands in Annual Prescription Costs”


(Orange, CA) – Thousands of Californians Receive Free Prescription Drug Card Since California Rx Card Launched Oct. 1

The California Rx Card Program ( announced today that more than 55,000 Californians have received a free prescription drug card since the program launched Oct. 1. The California Rx Card can be used at thousands of pharmacies across the state to receive savings of up to 75 percent (savings average around 30 percent). Participating pharmacies include Rite Aid, Walgreens, Albertsons, K-mart, Longs Drug Stores, Ralphs Pharmacy, Sav-on, other chain drug stores, and thousands of independent pharmacies.

California residents can download a free discount prescription drug card by visiting The California Rx Card Program has no restrictions or participation requirements and is open to every California resident.

"The California Rx Card was launched to help the uninsured and under-insured people of California afford prescription medications," said Edward J. Brown III, California Rx Card Program director. "The program can also be used by people who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits (common in many HSAs and high deductible health plans). Also, people who have prescription coverage can use this program for non-formulary or non-covered drugs. This program even covers some pet medications (those available at participating pharmacies)."

Orange County, Calif.-based The Word & Brown Companies (CHOICE Administrators(R), which includes CaliforniaChoice(R), CaliforniaChoice 51+, Kaiser Permanente Choice Solution and Contractors Choice(R); The Word & Brown General Agency, and CONEXIS) is sponsoring The California Rx Card Program throughout the state.

"We work with insurance brokers to distribute quality and affordable healthcare programs to California employers and we know there is still a large population of uninsured people in the state," said Edward J. "Rusty" Brown, Jr., co-founder of The Word & Brown Companies. "We think the California Rx Card can make a big difference for people who have limited insurance benefits or no insurance at all, and we want to do our part to help make affordable prescription drugs available."

We're excited to have the opportunity to work with The Word & Brown Companies to provide the people of California with free access to prescription discounts," said Ryan Jumonville, president and chief executive officer of United Networks of America. "We've successfully launched programs in New York, Alabama, Texas, New Jersey, Ohio, Utah, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arizona, Colorado, and Tennessee. We've saved the residents of these states millions of dollars and look forward to doing the same for the people of California."

This program is powered by UNA Rx Card, which is a division of United Networks of America. UNA Rx Card is the fastest-growing discount prescription card company in the United States. Brian Oliver, executive vice president of UNA Rx Card, noted that "The free Rx program has brought almost $66 million in prescription savings to members around the country in the short history of the program, with calendar year savings for 2007 projected to approach $100 million."


“California Rx Card Selected As Best Program In California For 2011”


(Sacramento, CA) – announced today that the California Rx Card has been voted, “The 2011 Best Rx Assistance Program in California”. Programs were rated by industry professionals across the following categories: Program Access, Program Benefits, Customer Support, Prescription Formulary List, Rx Discounts, and Network Coverage. California Rx Card was launched in October 2007 and has saved Californians more than $142 million on their prescription drugs.

About California Rx Card

California Rx Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program open to anyone regardless of age or income. There are no forms to fill out and no restrictions on membership. The program was launched in conjunction with California Choice, and is currently working with numerous organizations, clinics and hospitals to help the uninsured and underinsured afford their prescription medications. Those with health insurance can also use the program on non-covered drugs. Both brand and generic medications are eligible for discounts ranging from 30%-75%. California residents can obtain a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies by visiting Anyone not able to obtain a card can visit any CVS/pharmacy location in California and ask to have their prescription processed through the California Rx Card. CVS/pharmacy has been named the preferred pharmacy for the program by offering this service to residents. California Rx Card is accepted at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country, including all major chains. For more information, visit the website at

About Rx Resource

Rx Resource is a site designed to provide knowledge and support to individuals looking to simplify the confusing maze of discount programs and patient assistance programs that have appeared in recent years. Rx Resource provides a wide array of information, services and expertise for those looking for healthcare relief. For more information, visit the website at

“Santa Ana residents find no discount in discount drug program”


A discount drug card offered by the city of Santa Ana to help shoulder the exorbitant costs of prescription drugs has left some users asking "where is the discount?"

Cary, North Carolina-based Paramount Rx was chosen by the city among a few dozen proposals reviewed to contract with local pharmacies and facilitate this discount.

As a consumer prescription benefits manager, Paramount has a roster of commercial pharmacies it contracts with, including several operating in Santa Ana such as CVS and Walgreens. The discount card gives customers an incentive to have their prescriptions filled at those pharmacies. The pharmacies, in turn, share with Paramount the revenue generated by the increased customer volume brought in by way of the discount card.

Paramount extends some of that shared revenue to the city, according to spokesperson Scott Yates, who manages public relations for Paramount. This money received from Paramount will go entirely towards exercise facilities and programs that the city plans to provide, said City of Santa Ana Recreation Supervisor Jeannie Jurado.

"We thought a good way to use these programs we want to provide is to have people be healthy from the start," Jurado said. "And we asked well how do we do that? So we brainstormed and this is the idea that came out of it."

According to the Census Bureau's 2009 survey, an estimated 33 percent of Santa Ana's 320,837 residents are uninsured, with a median household income of $55,000. Obstacles to obtaining medications for these families include co-payments that are too large or a lack of insurance altogether. There is also the existing problem of Medicare patients who fall within the "donut" hole or gap between the time their prescription coverage dollar limit has been reached and resumes, making them responsible for up to $3,600 out of pocket.

Thus it began that Jurado, along with Executive Director Gerardo Mouet and councilwoman Michelle Martinez pursued efforts to help Santa Ana residents who may not be up for even a free fitness class because financial struggles force them to skip out on their medications.

But residents say the card has not been easy to use. After picking up the free membership cards at local pharmacies, libraries and senior and recreation centers, residents say they have presented them at pharmacies only to be denied discounts at the registers. The program is promoted as covering all FDA-approved drugs with a 15 percent discount on brand name drugs and a 40 percent discount on generic drug prices.

Lidia Soderman, a senior who works at the Santa Ana Senior Center, says the card is "not worth the paper it's written on." Though all of her medications are covered between her Medicare and supplementary insurance, her 47-year-old son's situation is very different from her own. She thought this card was the answer to getting him medication at a price he could better afford.

Earlier this year a massive stroke forced the single father to quit his job, go on disability as well as Medi-Cal and move in with his mother. As a result of the stroke, he is now very dependent upon the pricey blood pressure medication Diovan. And it happens to be the one medication he needs for which there is no generic. Paying out of pocket to date, it has been costing him over $200 per month to stay on it. Using the Paramount Rx card, he came back from the pharmacy empty-handed, as he says he was told it wasn't one of the drugs Paramount covered.

"These are the ones that matter," Soderman says, "not the generics that already cost peanuts anyways." Soderman, who is on a fixed income of $2,500 per month herself, says stretching her already tight budget to help her son, she says, borders on stretching her resources too thin.

Paramount representatives say Soderman was either given bad information or misunderstood the pharmacist. Diovan, they say, is one of the drugs covered by the program, and he should have received a discount.

Customer experiences at one Santa Ana CVS location and that of seniors at the Santa Ana Senior Center, however, suggest that Soderman is not the only person having trouble using her card.

At the South Main Street CVS store, Francisco Gomez carefully shuffles through a stack of discount cards he pulls out of his wallet when picking up his rheumatoid arthritis prescription at the counter. A senior with multiple ailments, Gomez explains in broken English that the card he is using is essential for him to afford that particular prescription. That card, however, is not Paramount's. It is that of prescription discount provider California Rx. With regard to the Paramount Rx card, he dismisses it as "no good," expressing that with Paramount Rx, drug costs still amount to "too much money."

A pharmacy technician who wished to remain unnamed said that in her experience, Paramount Rx has hardly proven to be competitive compared to that of California Rx, which provides up to 75 percent off all brand name prescriptions compared with Paramount's 15 percent discount.

"This one [Paramount] just sits in here," she says, pointing to a drawer under the cash register. "California Rx is the one we see pretty much all the time."

Santa Ana Senior Center aide Yolanda Carillo also tried to promote Paramount Rx, in hopes that it would help the many seniors she personally knows who struggle with high cost of living, not the least of which is the cost of prescriptions.

"I've had two people come back and throw it in front of me," Carillo said. She said one was an elderly man who claimed to be turned away for something as basic as insulin with the Paramount Rx card.

Others, Carillo said, have returned the card saying the discount was so low that it wasn't worth the time.

Carillo believes for those who have not gotten anything out of it, some of the problems associated with using the card may be language-related. She says many of the people coming through the Senior Center both have multiple chronic illnesses and speak little to no English. They don't have the wherewithal to persist when it comes to a solution or clarifying any miscommunication with their pharmacies, Carillo said.

Jurado believes it's too soon to write Paramount off. She said the city will be measuring residents' progress quarterly, and conduct an analysis of how they could get the most out of the card. That analysis will also uncover any impediments resulting from a language barrier which includes familiarity with how the card works.

"We will also be looking at that point on how to educate the public on the card's usage," Jurado said, acknowledging that there may be a learning curve in understanding the nature of prescription costs and the degree of savings people can expect.

Overall, she says, since it just launched in August, the 60 documented users aren't enough for the city to assess how well the card is working.

Yates says that all FDA approved medications are covered and that the company's numbers tell a different story. Those numbers show that Santa Ana residents have saved an average of 31 percent off of pharmacy retail prices for the month of August, he says.

"I can't offer perspective about how the consumer got the wrong impression," he said, suggesting that consumers refer to the Paramount web site for pricing and availability questions.

One source of misunderstanding might be that people on Medi-Cal already get discounts that might exceed what they would get by using the Paramount card. Also, many pharmacies give discounts to the uninsured on their own, and these, too, might mean that the Paramount card would not qualify a customer for a better deal, Yates added.

For now, Soderman says none of this is a consolation given what she faces at home with her son.

"My son is not one of the people that will be using the health centers right away even if his Diovan was covered," Soderman said. "But they need to have compassion when they offer us something, offer something we can use."


“Prescription Discount Card Saves Millions”


The California Rx Card Program announced last Thursday that since it began in 2007, it has saved California families almost $70 million on their prescriptions. Over five million prescriptions were filled at over thirty participating chains (both national and local) as well as numerous independent pharmacies all over the state.

Edward J. Brown III is program director of the program and said in a press release, "The California Rx Card helps uninsured and underinsured residents of California afford their prescription medications." He went on to say, "It is also used by people with health insurance coverage without prescription benefits, which is common in many health savings accounts (HSA) and high deductible health plans."

No one is ineligible for the California Rx Card program. A free card can be obtained by downloading from or simply by walking into a participating pharmacy and asking for the discount. If everyone is eligible, can everyone benefit? How many prescription programs cover every drug and how many people can afford them?

Suppose I'm a retired 66 year old person on low or limited income. I'm covered by Medicare and MediCal (California's version of Medicaid), and due to my low income get additional help under Medicare Part D. Still, there will eventually be certain drugs not covered. When that happens, the California Rx Card will help. No matter if the drug is not available in generic or not, if it isn't covered by all the other plans, the CRxCard still averages savings of about 30% with some discounts up to 75%. (These discounts apply to average wholesale prices and/or the store's usual and customary retail price.)

This program is not unique to California. The CaliforniaRxCard site states that it is administered by both United Networks of America and the UNA Rx Card. All three sites name thirty-three national chains participating in the program, including regional chains like Winn Dixie and the big boxes like Target and Walmart. In addition to the prescription drug card, United Networks also has programs for dental plans, cosmetic surgery, vision centers, health clubs, weight loss, diabetic, hearing, wellness, and a doctor on call program.

Over 50,000 pharmacies participate in this discount card program nationwide. Log on and get your free card or ask about it the next time you visit your drug store. Join Californians in reaping the benefits of these helpful discounts.

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“The California Rx Card Program”


Posted by Shirley Huston in Health Care on May 19th, 2008

There was a program launched in 2007 that offers huge discounts in prescription costs. The California Rx Card Program is for all California residents and can save many people as much as 75% on prescriptions.

As a resident of California, you and your family have access to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. Simply download your Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. You may create as many cards as you need. Participating pharmacies include the following: CVS/pharmacy, Walgreen's, Rite Aid, and K-Mart, as well as thousands of independent pharmacies.

Just go to, enter your name and e-mail address and they will generate a printable membership card for you. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately.

This program is available to the uninsured. So if you or a relative have a prescription that you have to pay out of pocket for, be sure to ask about this program. I went to CVS last weekend and asked about it. They knew exactly what I was talking about. My brand name prescription was only $144 under the program instead of the $224 I usually pay. What a difference!

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“Save Mart promises fast, affordable Rx”


The 59-year-old Save Mart supermarket chain more than doubled its store count in 2007 with the purchase of 132 Albertsons stores, but entered something of a dormant period since then. Save Mart now operates 241 stores in California and Nevada, down from a peak of 255 in 2009, and 114 in-store pharmacies, down from 115 in 2009.

But despite the recession-induced lull in growth, it continues to launch innovative new programs, such as the "19-minute promise." The unique program gives customers who have to wait longer than 19 minutes for a prescription to be filled a free "dinner and a movie" in the form a $10 gift card for a food purchase and a free movie coupon for DVD rentals at its Redbox kiosks.

Save Mart said the offer is designed to show that its pharmacies "are faster than some of our competition" and can have a prescription filled in the time it takes for a customer to drop off their prescription, do their shopping and return to pick it up.

"It's another program that creates more value for our customers and lets them know we care about customer service," said Robert Vaughan, Save Mart's senior director of pharmacy operations. "We know our customers' time is valuable, and we stand behind that commitment." Before launching the program, all Save Mart stores were integrated on a common software platform, and some higher-volume stores implemented robotic filling systems.

For cost-conscious shoppers, Save Mart has its own Top Care private-label brand of over-the-counter products at prices lower than most name brands. Pharmacies also accept prescription assistance program cards, including the Nevada Drug Card and the California Rx card, which provide discounts to customers during hard economic times. And Save Mart publishes a free quarterly magazine called In Good Health that offers customers helpful hints on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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“Free California Rx Card”


by Rose Greene, CFP on October 18, 2010

Rose Greene Financial Services is always conscientious when it comes to saving you money. As a resident of California, you and your family have access to a free prescription drug card program. The link below will take you to a safe website where you'll be able to download your official California RX Card for yourself and any family member.

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“The 2014 Pharmacy News Today "MAN OF THE YEAR" is Ryan Jumonville, Chairman of United Networks of America”


During his tenure as CEO of United Networks of America, Jumonville built United Networks of America (UNA) into the largest affinity and health networking companies in the country. In 2012, Jumonville stepped down as CEO and transitioned into the position of Chairman. The move was strategic as he planned to dedicate more of his time to his family, philanthropy, and strategic acquisitions. The move turned out to be a big success on all fronts.


Jumonville has led UNA to four significant acquisitions during his short tenure as Chairman. Most of the acquisitions have been in the Rx division of UNA which is known as UNA Rx Card. This has helped solidify them as the national market leader in that business segment. UNA Rx Card is responsible for most of the innovative changes in the prescription cash card industry. They are considered a pharmacy friendly plan and have always made client value a priority. These are rare attributes in the Prescription Benefit Management (PBM) community where revenues almost always win over values.

In addition to his new role as Chairman, Jumonville committed more of his time to philanthropic causes. He donated one million meals to the Food Bank, built houses for single mothers, built fresh water wells in Africa, donated scholarships to children of deceased U.S. military service members, supported children's healthcare, and much more. The American Cancer Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Warrick Dunn Foundation and Desire Street Ministries have each recognized him with awards for his generosity and support. In all, he contributed and provided support to dozens of charities and aid organizations.

Despite having a busy schedule Jumonville prefers to be known as a consummate family man. His greatest joy is to spend time with his two children, Jayden and Gavin. He makes the time to drop them off at school each morning. He is expecting his third child in October of this year.

As an industry leader, Jumonville is admired for having found the prescription for success both professionally and personally.

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“San Jose, California Howitt Benefit Services California Programs”


HBS supports The California Rx Card Program, a free prescription drug card program for California residents.

The California Rx Card Program, launched in 2007, helps the uninsured and underinsured people of California afford prescription medications. Since inception, it has saved Californians more than $1.2 million on prescription medications by reducing their prescription costs up to 75%.

The program can be used by all Californians on thousands of brand-name and generic medications. Discounts are available through Albertsons, CVS/pharmacy, K-mart, Longs Drug Stores, Ralphs Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Sav-on, and Walgreens, among other chain and independent pharmacies. Further, there are no age or income requirements.

On behalf of the HBS, we invite you to learn more about this program by visiting