Coupons just got REAL! Specifically for a certain bracket of people! Check this out!
You are NOT eligible to use this coupon if you are a government beneficiary. You are a government beneficiary if you are enrolled in any federal healthcare program, including Medicaid, Medicare (Part D or otherwise)… Further, you CANNOT use this coupon if you are medicare eligible. For coupon eligibility purposes, all those 65 or older will be considered Medicare eligible.
This is the part where IT GETS REAL…This statement is located on above all things…a toothpaste coupon! Yes, you heard me correctly, a Sensodyne toothpaste coupon to be exact! See for yourself!
I am doing my due diligence to try and understand why it’s necessary to place a restriction like this on so many consumers! TRUST ME FOLKS…ITS A LOT and before I GO THERE…I want to share what Kaiser Health News had to say in 2012:
Drugmakers say the coupons help Americans get the medicine they need. But the insurance industry is concerned that they drive patients toward more expensive brand-name drugs, leaving insurers to cover the full cost, which then gets passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums.
“An individual patient who receives a coupon might not realize that, although that particular prescription may cost less that month, overall what it does is to raise costs for everyone, including themselves,” said Susan Pisano, a spokeswoman for the industry trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans.
For people using Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits or any other federal health insurance program, using a coupon or a discount card to buy prescription medication works against efforts to keep federal spending down and may also be counter to federal law, according to some experts’ interpretation.
Now you all help me out here for a minute…let me see if I have processed this correctly…Based on “SOME EXPERTS INTERPRETATION” you are going to restrict VETERANS, SENIORS, MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS, MEDICAID & MEDICARE RECIPIENTS AND ANYONE ELSE COVERED BY A Federal health insurance program, from using a coupon to possibly help offset the cost of a prescribed medication or product?!? Come on now…this is too much…even for me!
I think I need another cup of coffee before I dig any further! Folks please make sure you check the wording on ALL COUPONS…especially if it’s going to be utilized on a doctor prescribed medication or product or if you’re purchasing a product directly from a pharmacy!
Vonda – QQ