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Continued from page 5 “That is signifi cant money on a fi xed income for


an elderly person,” Jones said. “That will pay two to three electric bills with the money we save on just that one prescription per year.” Although the discount cannot be used in con-


jun ction with one’s primary insurance coverage, it can be a way to subsidize the prescriptions that may not be covered.


Faulkenberry encourages members to look at their medical insurance and see if it has a phar- macy discount card and if it does, compare it to the Connections Card.


“Sometimes they can get a cheaper discount


with the Connections Card than they do with their own pharmacy discount card,” Faulkenberry said. Additionally, those who are uninsured will ben-


efi t by not having to pay full retail price for their prescription.


“There are a lot of Oklahomans who don’t have any insurance, and they sure should be taking ad- vantage of [the Connections] card,” Jones said. Faulkenberry said the initiative for Western


Farm ers electric cooperative for 2011 is energy effi - ciency. When someone is looking to make their home more energy effi cient, there are businesses


in the community that offer discounts to Connec- tions cardholders on items like insulation, caulk- ing and weather stripping.


And cooperative members aren’t the only ones


benefi ting from the savings. Local businesses that opt in to the program receive free, guaranteed adver tising.


“There may be 50 places to eat lunch or three western-wear shops,” Faulkenberry said. “What it does is encourage members to go to participating businesses in exchange for a discount.” Oklahoma ranks fourth in the nation in what


our members are saving, Faulkenberry said. He admits that he personally has saved over $2,600 with his Connections Card, and he encourages others to do the same.


Faulkenberry notes that “$2,800 isn’t chump change. What I love about it is here’s a program that helps you lower the bottom line of what it costs to live in a rural area.” Preferably, cardholders should carry the card in their wallets for quick access to it. However, the Connections Card just became more readily accessible with the recent launch of the Co-op Con nections app available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. To fi nd out more about the Connections Card program, visit www.connections.coop. To get a card, contact your local electric cooperative. OL


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- Savings on prescriptions: Nationally, $30.2 million. In Oklahoma, over $2.3 million.


- Nearly 600 participating businesses in Oklahoma alone and over 20,000 nationally.


- Nearly 204,000 coupons printed from the Co-op Connections website, www.connections.coop.


- 89 percent of Oklahoma Electric Co-ops participate.


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