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The benefits provided by Hawaii Rx Card deliver relief to not only our cardholders but to the women and children of the islands as well. Yesterday, we had the privilege of touring Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children with CMN Director, Colette Forcier. During this tour we were able to witness how contributions like ours are used for therapy rooms, rehabilitation tools, crucial care in the neonatal ICU, advanced monitoring devices and so much more.
Hawaii Rx Card representative, Amanda Friedeck (center), presents check to Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani Medical Center (right) and Joan Kanemori, Professor at UH Kapiolani Community College (left).
Each time you choose to utilize the Hawaii Rx Card for your prescription medications, you choose to give back to your local community. Mahalo!
If you can't wait for Congress to pass the proposed healthcare bill, there's a glimmer of hope here in the Islands. United Networks of America (UNA)—a discount care services corporation—introduced the Hawaii RX Card earlier this month. The card is part of a statewide discount prescription assistance program for uninsured residents.
Despite the Prepaid Health Care Act, enacted in 1974, which mandated that employers provide insurance to full-time employees, more than 200,000 residents in Hawaii do not have insurance. Now instead of paying outrageous prescription costs, the uninsured can apply online for the free program.
The Hawaii RX Card program touts that members can save between 10 to 75 percent on medications such as Ambien, Viagra and Zoloft, as well as narcotics such as oxycodone. The more than 50,000 participating pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies allow for the steep discounts. For example, a Nexium prescription costs $195.40 without insurance, but with the card costs $157.76.
There are no income requirements to apply for the card and members can use Hawaii RX Card along with other programs such as the Health Savings Account or Medicare Part D.
It may sound too good to be true, but the Hawaii Medical Association and the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association support the program and are planning to set up card distribution sites across the state. Hawaii is not the only state to launch programs similar to the RX card, UNA also offers discount program services in states such as New York, California, Arizona and Louisiana.
Although the card does not offer discounts on doctor appointments and hospital visits, it at least allows more people better access to medications they need.
Discounts on many brand and generic prescriptions are available now for islanders with a Hawaii Rx Card. The Hawaii Medical Association is working with the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association to promote the statewide prescription assistance program.
"As far as discounts, they can be as high as 75 percent, with average savings around 30 percent," said Alix Lee Cousins, Hawaii Rx program development director. "Most of all brands and generics are eligible for some form of discount. "Of course, the price and discount of every medication is different, but we feel if people are paying full price for their medications, they will appreciate any amount of money they can save," she added.
The Hawaii Rx Card program was launched to help uninsured residents pay for prescriptions, but it is free to all residents. Cards can be printed from the www.HawaiiRxCard.com Web site, and the medical and hotel associations will set up card distribution sites.
The hotel association will distribute cards to its hotels for employees, and visitors and cards will be sent to all HMA members, Cousins said in an e-mail.People who can use the card are those with health insurance with no prescription coverage, which is common in some health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans, she said.
Those with prescription coverage also can use the card for medications not covered by their insurance. HMA Executive Director April Troutman Donahue said the association is encouraging physician members to tell patients about the Hawaii Rx card.
"The people of Hawaii could really use a program like this to help offset the rising costs of prescription drugs," she said in a news release. "This program couldn't have come at a better time as our community continues to deal with the struggling economy." Murray Towill, president of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association, said it is supporting the program "because it is a great way to help uninsured residents afford their prescription medications, as well as offer additional savings for prescription drugs not covered by insurance."
"The Hawaii Rx Card is a solution to the confusing maze of discount prescription programs that have appeared in recent years," the news release said. "Many of these programs only cover certain drugs, charge fees and many of these programs have membership restrictions."
Among the features of the Hawaii Rx Card program: There are no enrollment forms, no restrictions to participation, no eligibility or income requirements, no limitations, no waiting periods, no age restrictions or exclusions, no claim forms to file and no annual or lifetime limits.
Pre-existing conditions are included and an open formulary is used so all medications are eligible for discounts. Confidentiality is assured.
The program is possible through the support of pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies.
A "lowest price" provision gives cardholders the lowest plan price on prescriptions at participating pharmacies, and more than 50,000 pharmacies accept the card nationally.
Like many Americans who haven't been there, I suspect, I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. I guess now I have another reason. Should I ever go to live there and wind up uninsured, I'll know that I can get a Hawaii Rx Card.
That's my roundabout way of saying that on Wednesday, March 10, Hawaii is unveiling a free discount prescription drug card program, being offered to uninsured residents of the state who can't afford their prescription drugs.
As the press release says, Hawaii once upon a time had the fewest uninsured residents in the country, but that's no longer the case.
Families USA, a consumer advocacy group that bills itself as "the voice for health care consumers," issued a report showing that as of 2007-08, 294,000 residents were uninsured -- that's 27.1% of Hawaiian residents under the age of 65.
So if you live in Hawaii, and you're uninsured, and you have medicine you need to take but can't... well, check out this card, by logging on right here. You can download a free card, search for the price of your medicine and find participating pharmacies. And note, "search for the price." The card is free, but you still have to pay for medicine; it's just that this card gives you some severely discounted medicine.
This isn't the first time Hawaii has taken a stab at this. Just a quick look through Google shows numerous other articles from years past, where Hawaii has unveiled free prescription drug programs. But hopefully this one's different. It sure looks promising.
According to the Web site, there are no forms or claims to fill out. No waiting periods. No age or income restrictions, and it's available at 50,000 pharmacies around the country. Nobody wants to be sick, but if you're going to be sick, Hawaii sounds like the place to be.
A Children's Miracle Network Hospitals ad was featured in Pharmacy Times (May 2016 Issue). A donation will be made to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital each time a prescription is processed through the Rx Assistance Program.
(Honolulu, HI) – Program officials have confirmed that Hawaii Rx Card is scheduled to launch tomorrow. Hawaii Rx Card is a free discount prescription drug card program that is being launched to help the uninsured residents of Hawaii afford their prescription medications.
Hawaii once held the honor of having the fewest uninsured residents of any state, but it has tumbled down the national ranks. In a report on the nation's uninsured, Families USA said about 27.1 percent of Hawaii residents under age 65, or 294,000, were uninsured during part or all of 2007-2008. Most were part of working families. The Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) and the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association (HHLA) are creating awareness, setting up card distribution channels, and providing support for this new prescription assistance program.
The Hawaii Rx Card is a solution to the confusing maze of discount prescription programs that have appeared in recent years. Many of these programs only cover certain drugs, charge fees, and many of these programs have membership restrictions. Hawaii Rx Card is open to all residents of Hawaii. Hawaiians can download a free card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies at www.hawaiirxcard.com.
(Honolulu) – Buying medication can be pricey, especially for those who are uninsured or whose health care plans do not cover drugs.
Now there's a free discounted medication program to help ease the costs.
The United Networks of America launched the Hawaii Rx Card Monday which is free and available to all residents. Cardholders save an average of 30 percent on drugs at more than 50,000 participating pharmacies across the country.
Cards can be printed online or picked up from distribution sites set up by the Hawaii Medical Association and the Hawaii Hotel Lodging Association. Online tools can be used to find nearby pharmacies as well as compare prices from participating pharmacies.
For more information on the health care savings, visit www.hawaiirxcard.com.
Hawaii residents can now get discounts on prescription drugs through a statewide program being promoted by the Hawaii Medical Association.
Alix Lee Cousins, the program's development director, says most drugs will be eligible for some kind of discount, with savings averaging around 30 percent.
The Hawaii Rx Card program was launched this month to help uninsured residents, but all residents can access it for free.
The card can be printed out from the Web site www.hawaiirxcard.com. The program is also being promoted by doctors and by the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association.
The program has no enrollment forms, no restrictions to participation, no income requirements, no waiting periods, no age restrictions, and no annual or lifetime limits.
The Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association has teamed up with Hawaii Rx Card to offer a free prescription assistance program to everyone living, working or traveling in the state. That's right, free.
Since its inception, the program has saved people nearly $3 million. The Hawaii Rx Card can be used as a stand-alone benefit for the uninsured, and it also can be used for discount prescription medications that are not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. These non-covered drugs include those to treat flu and common cold symptoms, depression and other psychiatric disorders, behavioral problems, sexual wellness, fertility, smoking cessation and weight loss, among others.
The Hawaii Rx Card program offers discounts of up to 75 percent on brand and generic drugs, with average savings around 30 percent.
It's a service worth considering for people without health insurance or those who are going without vital medication because of the cost. The program does not discriminate based on age or income. It is open to anyone and everyone, with no restrictions or eligibility requirements.
Information is available at www.hawaiirxcard.com or by calling Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association at 923-0407.