Co-op Connections Card

Co-op Connections Card

You Need This Card In Your Wallet

How do I get a card? Cuivre River members can also request a new or replacement cards by calling Rod Smerkar at (800) 392-3709, ext. 4838. and providing a member number and address.
 
 

The Co-op Connections® Card helps Cuivre River Electric families get more than just electricity from their cooperative membership. The discounts can help Cuivre River members save a little money here and there.

 

What is it? It’s a member discount card that puts savings at your fingertips. Save when you shop at local network pharmacies and other participating businesses, and when shop online or by phone with national business partners who want to give co-op members a break.

 

How do I get a card? Cuivre River members have saved more than $576,000.00 at local pharmacies already. Walmart, Walgreens, Schnucks and Target are part of the pharmacy network, as well as many locally owned pharmacies – 60,000 locations across the country. New Cuivre River members receive cards with their Application for Membership when they join the cooperative. Members can also request a new or replacement cards by calling (800) 392-3709, ext. 4838 and providing a member number and address.

 

Who can use the card? Any Cuivre River member and his/her extended family may use the card. Use the Discount Search link to look up pharmacy discounts and providers by zip code, and to identify other businesses that offer savings where you live or travel. Where can I use the card? Look for the card logo at local businesses, or ask at the counter before your purchase. Hundreds of cooperatives across the state and country offer discounts in their areas, and will honor the Cuivre River card as well.

 

Online, link to special offers through the Discount Search portal to find special discount codes for your online orders. Many businesses also offer toll-free numbers for ordering by phone. National discounts must be obtained via the web link or phone, and are not available “on the spot” when you walk in to visit a local affiliate of the national vendor.

 

How can my business join? Enrollment is free and open to business willing to offer family-appropriate discounts to cooperative members. The only cost is the value of the discount. The minimum enrollment period is 12 months. Call (800) 392-3709, ext. 4838 for a business application.

 

The Co-op Connections Card is made possible through Cuivre River’s membership in Touchstone Energy®, a national alliance of 753 cooperatives which share a commitment to community service, innovation, integrity and accountability.

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 $93 million, thanks to Touchstone’s agreement with pharmacy benefit manager New Benefits.

 

Locally, Cuivre River members have netted Rx savings of $576,000, 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.

 

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Co-op Connections Card

The Co-op Connections® Card helps Cuivre River Electric families get more than just electricity from their cooperative membership. The discounts can help Cuivre River members save a little money here and there.

 

What is it? It’s a member discount card that puts savings at your fingertips. Save when you shop at local network pharmacies and other participating businesses, and when shop online or by phone with national business partners who want to give co-op members a break.

 

How do I get a card? Cuivre River members have saved more than $576,000.00 at local pharmacies already. Walmart, Walgreens, Schnucks and Target are part of the pharmacy network, as well as many locally owned pharmacies – 60,000 locations across the country. New Cuivre River members receive cards with their Application for Membership when they join the cooperative. Members can also request a new or replacement cards by calling (800) 392-3709, ext. 4838 and providing a member number and address.

 

Who can use the card? Any Cuivre River member and his/her extended family may use the card. Use the Discount Search link to look up pharmacy discounts and providers by zip code, and to identify other businesses that offer savings where you live or travel. Where can I use the card? Look for the card logo at local businesses, or ask at the counter before your purchase. Hundreds of cooperatives across the state and country offer discounts in their areas, and will honor the Cuivre River card as well.

 

Online, link to special offers through the Discount Search portal to find special discount codes for your online orders. Many businesses also offer toll-free numbers for ordering by phone. National discounts must be obtained via the web link or phone, and are not available “on the spot” when you walk in to visit a local affiliate of the national vendor.

 

How can my business join? Enrollment is free and open to business willing to offer family-appropriate discounts to cooperative members. The only cost is the value of the discount. The minimum enrollment period is 12 months. Call (800) 392-3709, ext. 4838 for a business application.

 

The Co-op Connections Card is made possible through Cuivre River’s membership in Touchstone Energy®, a national alliance of 753 cooperatives which share a commitment to community service, innovation, integrity and accountability.