Co-op Connections Card

Co-op Connections Card

Co-op Connections program gets a facelift

We’ve all been taught that life brings us constant change. It’s no different for an organization such as Cuivre River. If you used our Co-op Connections Card website this summer, you probably have noticed some changes.

Our national branding partner, Touchstone Energy, has updated the Co-op Connections program to give it a fresher look. New options and benefi ts await those who dare to go there!

The first major difference you’ll notice is that you must register for a free account to access the Co-op Connections Card site. This option was previously available or you could enter your ZIP code to populate Cuivre River deals. Your account will now keep track of individual savings such as, if you download or print a $5 off coupon for an item or service. Special deals might also land in your email inbox on your birthday.

You’ll still be able to show your card (plastic or electronic) to receive deals at area businesses who have partnered with Cuivre River. You can still shop online with national retailers, make a hotel reservation and get entertainment discounts.

One of the newest options available is access to more than 300,000 deals nationwide through every Entertainment Book discount offer, the same Entertainment Book full of coupons that we used to carry in our cars. Now you can just download the coupon offer or print it out.

If you like to travel, make sure to download the new Co-op Connections Card app so you can access discounts nationwide. You should even be able to view a map to see where local discounts are available.

Those who rely on the Co-op Connections Card Healthy Savings discounts will be glad to know that everything remains the same as before. Just show your card to get savings on prescription medicine and more.

If you haven’t already done so, go here to register for a free account to access powerful savings.

Questions or need a plastic Co-op Connections Card? Email rsmerkar@cuivre.com and please remember to put “Co-op Connections Card” in the subject line.

Co-op Connections Card Healthy Savings

Dan Alexander (at far left) accepts a plaque from Manager of Engineering & Operations Rick Didion honoring Dan's service to Cuivre River from March 5, 1979 to February 29, 2016.
 
 

Since the Co-op Connections Card Rx Healthy Savings discount began, cooperative members served by 500 participating Touchstone Energy cooperatives nationwide have saved more than $100 million, thanks to Touchstone’s agreement with pharmacy benefit manager New Benefits.

 

Locally, Cuivre River members have netted Rx savings of $633,768.23 through the end of 2016, which helped members either save this amount or spend it elsewhere.

 

The card can be used at 60,000+ pharmacies in the U.S.

 

Q. How do I get an Rx discount?

A. Take your Co-op Connections Card with you to the pharmacy when you need to fill a prescription.  Show the card to the pharmacist, who will then use information on the back of the card to compute the price.

 

Expected discount savings should range from 10% - 85%. Savings vary with each prescription. You can expect to receive the highest savings on an established drug which offers a generic option.

 

When you present your Co-op Connections Card, the pharmacist puts the Card's Group and Member numbers into the pharmacy's computer system, along with the current retail price.  The computer sorts through the pharmacy’s various contracts and agreements and will confirm the amount the pharmacy has agreed to accept for a particular medication, as well as the price the member will need to pay at the time of purchase.  For example, if a pharmacy sells a generic drug for $4 but its Co-op Connections contracted rate is $7, the system will tell the pharmacist to charge $4. The consumer doesn’t know which discount program was used but is very happy with the result.

 

Q. Does Walmart still honor the card?

A. Yes. Some Cuivre River Electric members have reported difficulty using the card at Walmart since January 1. New Benefits CEO Joel Ray recently stated, “Walmart and Sam’s Club stopped processing discount pharmacy cards for $4 and $10 generic prescriptions." While cooperative members have not historically received savings on these low cost prescriptions, the refusal to process the requests could give the impression that Walmart is no longer accepting discount pharmacy cards. "This is not accurate,” says Ray.  “Walmart is still a participating pharmacy in the discount network."

 

Additionally, from January 26 - 28, 2016 Walmart eliminated historical discount card information stored in patient files. Now members are asked to show their cards with every purchase, according to Ray. Combined, these two measures may have caused confusion or inconvenience during a visit to the pharmacy counter.

 

"We are grateful that local Walmart stores have helped promote Cuivre River’s Co-op Connections Card Rx discount," says Rod Smerkar, who coordinates Cuivre River's participation in the discount program. "We’ve received hundreds of calls from members who said, 'Walmart told me to contact you to get my card,'" he adds. "We appreciate the pharmacy looking out for the well-being of our members, and we look forward to a continuing partnership."

 

Q. How do I get a discount at Walmart?

A. Carry your Co-op Connections Card with you each time you visit the pharmacy.  It might also be beneficial to become familiar with Walmart's $4 and $10 generic program. As of press time, a list was available on the Walmart web site.

 

Q. How do I get a Co-op Connections Card?

A. To request your free card, call (800) 392-3709, ext. 4838.

 

Refer to "Co-op Connections Card" in your voice message.