Hoboken Prescription Fiasco

So where’s the money from the Coast2Coast Rx plan?

8/31/2011:

Back in the beginning of 2011, the city announced this “prescription drug savings” program. Hoboken411 told you that they did it to collect commissions on the sales generated from this card.

I haven’t seen one report as to how much the city has received so far. Where are the commission checks?

Beware: What is Hoboken City Hall up to now?

1/26/2011:

The city of Hoboken recently announced some kind of “Prescription Drug Savings Program.”

In this press release – the city tries to claim they’ve “launched” this revolutionary program – with specific intentions to help residents save money. Really?

What you don’t know – is what the city chose NOT to tell you. Read on for more…

Plan not so great, but city gets commission on purchases

  • “Prescription Drug Savings Programs” are nothing new – and have been around for a long time. More often than not – they’re “hit or miss,” on what drugs are covered, and what pharmacies participate.
    Buyer Beware: Discount Health Cards
  • Google Free Prescription Drug Savings Programs – you’ll see plenty of other plans you can join as well. Some claiming discounts even higher than the “Coast2Coast RX” plan the city chose to partner with. So why not sign up to all of them and compare “savings?”
    TogetherRxAccess
    Your Rx Card and many more…
  • Do not let the city fool you into thinking they “dreamt up” this plan. Hogwash. These prescription drug card companies have long offered GROUP CARDS for larger organizations or companies to hand out like cheap suits. Whether the city was approached or vice-versa remains unknown. What is known, is that Cory Booker also offered this same company’s card to Newark residents a year ago.
  • The city DID NOT mention in their press release – is that they paid get a commission for every single prescription filled (around 50 cents or so). Why didn’t they mention it? Were they planning on pocketing the money? Don’t you think that if this prescription plan was going to benefit taxpayers, they’d include it in their press release? What about an audit? How do you know the city will report every penny collected? Are they going to “under-report” the commission so that someone can make some nice pocket change on the side? Too many potential loopholes for my comfort level.
  • Even though they say no private information will be shared – can you trust that? Do you want there to be even a slight chance that the city might find out what meds you’re taking? I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole.

Before you jump into this “free” plan, do your own homework. Research other companies. Decide what’s best for you – if anything at all. If you want to get involved with a city-sponsored plan, do so at your own risk!

What will the city try next before lowering taxes? Girl Scout Cookies and Chocolate Bars? Amway? Mary Kay Cosmetics?

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16 Comments on "Hoboken Prescription Fiasco"

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

VOTERS NEW BES AND BNR..NOTICE THAT THIS LEADER OF THE CITY HAS HIRED AND FIRED MORE PEOPLE THAN RUSSO AND ROBERTS DURING THEIR TERMS..WHERE ARE THE REVOLTERS. OUR 2ND WARD COMMITTIEE GIRL IS MAKING MONEY IN REAL ESTATE..NOTICE HOW QUIET SHE IS NOW..$$$$$$$$ MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL BARKING. 👿

Stella
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Stella

What is the big deal here? It hasn’t been even running a full year yet. I signed up, name and 10-digit number, no email, mailing address or SS number eve asked for. No deluge of junk mail. It saves me a bit of money and if the City gets a commission so much the better. It’s not as if the City has made it a mandatory part of living in Hoboken to sign up. Not everyone has prescription coverage and not everyone can get the meds they want from the big chains cheap generic programs so this is just another option. Use it or not it’s a personal choice.

Gavriel
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Gavriel

A friend of mine who was unemployed signed up for one of these cards, and soon started getting bombarded with extra junk mail and telemarketer calls. I doubt it was a coincidence. It’s all connected in some sick way.

HoneyDew
Member
HoneyDew

I signed up online. All I had to provide was “a 10 digit number” (they suggested my phone number but I didn’t give them that. And my first & last name. That’s it. I get a ton of junk mail already, so I’m not sure if I’d notice the difference. I didn’t even have to give an email address.

If it saves me money I’ll use it. if it doesn’t, I won’t. [quote comment=”202583″]A friend of mine who was unemployed signed up for one of these cards, and soon started getting bombarded with extra junk mail and telemarketer calls. I doubt it was a coincidence. It’s all connected in some sick way.[/quote]

HoneyDew
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HoneyDew

I don’t understand this. If I can get a discount on pills and the city gets some cash, what’s the problem? I don’t care if the city gets cash so long as I get a discount.

I have insurance through my company. They can’t access my medical files. If you really think the city can because you use this program, buy your Herpes meds and Viagra on your company insurance policy or out of pocket.

Angry Bird
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Angry Bird
The reason you shouldn’t take advantage of this and other citywide sharing programs like the corner cars is because you are a private individual and should decide what is really best for you, and ask questions about everything else. Instead the city stands behind programs that will give you a perceived savings if you settle for things that are not really so special- but seem great for “the group as a whole”…what does that sound like to you? I don’t want to be a friend of the mayor, I don’t need the city to save me a few lousy bucks so they look like champs and circle jerk with corporate sponsors. Look carefully- there is always a corporate sponsor here. Think these partnerships ever have anything to do with campaign donations??? Instead of shaking hands with Heinz, I want them to trudge to work like the public servants they are- do what they are SUPPOSED to do- and stay the heck out of my life. I’d rather slap down a $100 than be a part of any sharing program. [quote comment=”202575”]I don’t understand this. If I can get a discount on pills and the city gets some cash, what’s the problem? I don’t care if the city gets cash so long as I get a discount.I have insurance through my company. They can’t access my medical files. If you really think the city can because you use this program, buy your Herpes meds and Viagra on your company insurance policy… Read more »
youme66
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youme66

In her silly little press conference, Zimmer said, “The city’s role in the partnership is to promote the program and give out the card to as many people as possible. The program is effective immediately.”

Baloney. There is nothing altruistic about Zimmer. She’s profiting off of the medical needs of seniors who are the primary users of prescription drug programs. And Zimmer isn’t telling the public this nor is she saying where she is pocketing the money.

Instead of playing Buddy’s dumb sidekick and meddling as a sleazy opportunistic middleman in snarky businesses, Mayor Zimmer needs to start taking care of REAL city business and serve the residents and taxpayers of this town.

We’ve had enough of your bubble gum press releases, Zimmer. Quit goofing off and start delivering on major tax relief, major budget cuts, park repairs, and new parks. Better yet, spare us all and resign now.

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