Samaritan membership reaches 250,000

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Praise God, Samaritan was blessed to announce they now have 250,000 members. Considering I am several days late in repeating that announcement I’m sure they are over the 250k mark by this posting. We are so thankful to be part of Samaritan Ministries and have truly enjoyed the experiences we had with sharing needs.

Both of our needs were fully shared. No left over deductible to deal with, no scary copays. The Samaritan dashboard has a number of tools available to members find affordable healthcare and we have found the healthcarebluebook to be extremely helpful to determine what we should be paying for services. It helps us be better shoppers (when possible) and to also make informed decisions about when it may be necessary to pay more (emergencies, level of services offered, staff expertise, etc). The best news is that we’re in charge of our own care instead of an insurance company.

If you want to take back control of your health care and your health care dollars, please look into joining Samaritan Ministries. A quarter million other members can testify to the amazing benefit of this ministry and how blessed we are because of it.

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Deep Discount on Tamiflu Cash Price

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This year’s dangerous flu season got to our house. Our oldest child brought it home and was too sick for school last Friday. Fortunately he only missed one day of school since we got a big winter storm that weekend and kept the kids out of school for a couple extra days. It gave him a chance to recover at home without missing lots of homework. yay, I guess. 😐

Since we caught it early, it was recommended that we get him on Tamiflu. Have you priced that lately? Whoa! Around here it retails for anywhere from $125 to $180 per dose pack, and that’s the generic! Sometimes a doctor will recommend the rest of the family also take it so they can try to prevent getting it themselves. Ok, $125 x 4 of us = $600 for Tamiflu. NOPE.

Here’s what I did. After choking a little bit I turned to my trusty discount drug sources; Samaritan’s discount program available through our member online dashboard and goodrx. Samaritan’s program is really good about getting me prices for my super local non chain pharmacy, which goodrx doesn’t really do (they sort of guestimate and get close most of the time). It’s a tossup which one gives me the best pricing so I like to check them both when prescriptions are needed. Goodrx revealed the cheapest option this time, showing me cash discount prices ranging from $51.94 to over $130! The cash rate of $51.94 was at walmart. When we went to pick up the script the pharmacy tech was concerned about the high cost, because their retail rate is $134. When I mentioned we were using the goodrx app, he ran the codes in his computer and was so surprised to see the price drop down to $51.94, exactly what the app said it would be.

The customer in front of me also used goodrx, and we were able to tell some friends about it who were also facing a huge charge for it. Saving that much money on medicine is a big deal. Normally our meds aren’t very pricey so goodrx will save me a nice $10-$30… but this time it saved me over $80.

I’m sure some insurance patients paid far less than $52 for their Tamiflu (some paid more, too), but they’re also paying huge premiums every month, more than the $495 our Samaritan family share costs. On the whole we are still way ahead on medical expenses compared to having insurance. I’m so thankful for Samaritan and the goodrx app to get us through this flu season without breaking the bank.

We saved $365 on eyeglasses – that’s 75% off!

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My husband had a 13 month old pair of expensive eyeglasses that developed scratches on the lenses. He’s very good about how he cleans them, using the proper cloth, etc. These were very nice glasses with the best of the best for scratch resistance, etc. But they still scratched and it bothered him. They were also a month out of warranty so there was no replacement option other than full price. Full price for these was $481.61 plus tax. I wasn’t excited about the prospect of buying the same lenses only to have them scratch and replace yearly for $500. So I started looking elsewhere.

I remembered the recommendation from other Samaritan members for eyeglasses online. Further research and reviews showed many people were quite happy with a company called zenni optical. I couldn’t imagine getting glasses this way, but it was worth a shot.

We picked up his eye prescription and loaded his face picture into the zenni website. We couldn’t get the exact brand of frame, but using the numbers on the temple and a ruler we knew what size his current frames were and just looked for something similar to start. The website lets you “try on” the glasses with the picture to get an idea of appearance. We didn’t have his PD, which is the pupillary distance, as the eye doctor couldn’t find it in their records. The zenni website tells you how to measure it yourself, so we did. Several times, just to be sure. 🙂

We picked a frame with good reviews, plugged in his prescription and PD numbers, and saw that the total was about $123. I then found a 10% off coupon online and the resulting cost was $116 for the frames and his rather complicated progressive lenses COMBINED. $116 vs almost $500. The frames alone were about $25. His other frames were $145 (for him the lenses are the expensive part). There’s no comparison from a cost standpoint, so what about the glasses themselves? Can they be any good?

We took a chance and ordered them. We chose the free shipping option, and they took 10 days to arrive (you can pay for faster shipping). I was nervous it was a waste of money. They arrive and he put them on. It was amazing. They were clear, great quality, lightweight, flexible (that’s what we ordered) and didn’t need any adjusting. The PD measurement was a concern since we did it ourselves, but we must have got it spot on because his vision was perfect. He never got a headache, and they look great on him. I was ecstatic that the experiment worked and he has clear vision again for a fraction of the cost! A 75% savings is great! Even if they don’t last and I have to buy them yearly (although reviews indicate they should do well), it would still cost less than replacing his $500 pair even every 3 years!

I wear glasses also and ran the same experiment for myself. I haven’t ordered a pair yet as mine are fine, but my prescription is a tad less severe so my cost is $36 (all in!) for the frames and lenses I chose. $36 for a pair of glasses! The ones I’m wearing were over $300. That’s almost a 90% savings!

All in all, I highly recommend giving zennioptical.com a try if you need new glasses are are tired of paying for expensive ones other places. I almost can’t believe how well it worked, but we have first hand experience about how great they are. 5 stars from us and a great option for Samaritan members!