Four prescription cost and convenience tips

By Nancy Coveleskie, CHMRx representative

CHM members receive a CHMRx prescription discount savings card, which can be used immediately and as often as you visit the pharmacy. The card provides substantial savings on prescription costs by empowering you to find the best possible price, along with the most convenient and secure means of purchasing your medications. In 2019, CHM members saved over $45 million by taking advantage of CHMRx discounts.

In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies are adapting the way they handle patient prescriptions.

In an ever-changing environment, CHMRx representatives have announced a new resource where members can find timely tips for their prescription needs and other to-the-minute news: chmrx.com/news. Here you’ll find the latest ways to save costs, secure prescription refills and more. We encourage you to visit the site to see what savings you might find for your personal budget.

At the time of this writing, many states have established stay-at-home policies and are encouraging greater social distancing efforts. Therefore, many people are nervous to venture out or wait in a line at their pharmacy for a prescription. Precautions are important, so consider taking advantage of some of these modern conveniences:

  • Use virtual doctor’s visits to obtain prescription refills. Many acute situations may be handled remotely by your doctor. Check with your doctor’s office to see what prescription refill options are available.
  • Drive-thru pharmacies are quick and convenient. This option eliminates the need to go into the pharmacy, often located at the back of the store.
  • Mail-order prescriptions are great for routine medication. Please note that you’ll need to plan ahead to place your first order, and you may experience a higher cost savings this way. Check out chmrx.com/mailorder for more information or call 866-909-5170. Be ready to reference group number HCG400. If you do not have your CHMRx card, you can also use CHM’s pre-assigned member ID of 345228910.
  • Over-the-counter medications are now HSA-eligible without a prescription. CHM members are now able to use funds left over from a former HSA to purchase over-the-counter medications. Always remember to check for interactions with your prescription medications; ask a pharmacist if you’re unsure whether you should be taking over-the-counter medications with other prescriptions or medications.

This is the perfect time to review your medication costs and see what your CHMRx card can do to help you save money, offer convenience and provide peace of mind.

To learn more and to compare drug pricing at various pharmacies in your area, visit chmrx.com. To ask a question about the card—or to get additional or replacement cards—submit a request through the website or contact CHMRx Member Services at 877-403-8233.

(Editor’s note: The CHMRx card is not administered by CHM and this is not a CHM phone number. However, the CHMRx staff are available by phone at 877-403-8233, email at traci@chmrx.org or through the contact form at chmrx.com.)

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