Live Healthy Program Offers Discounts to Montgomery Residents
Card-holders can save on dental procedures, hearing aids, diabetes supplies
County Executive Ike Leggett listens to a point Council member George Leventhal is making at the podium. At left is Brian Namey of NACo.
Montgomery County residents now have a new option that can reduce the costs of common dental and health services through a program administered by the National Association of Counties.
Elected officials on Thursday touted the Live Healthy Program as a way to cut costs, much like another NACo-administered program, Montgomery RX.
The county joined Montgomery RX in 2004 and since then, residents have saved $32 million, County Executive Ike Leggett said at a press conference to announce Live Healthy.
Cards for the Live Healthy Program are available at all county libraries, recreation centers, senior centers and primary care clinics in the community. The Montgomery RX cards are free. Live Healthy cards for health or dental services are $6.95 a month for an individual or $8.95 a month for a family, according to the county’s website. For health and dental discounts, the cards are $13.90 a month for an individual or $17.90 for a family, according to the website.
Under the program, residents can get dental services such as check-ups, cleanings, fillings and crowns. The low-fee health discount program provides discounts on vision services, hearing aids and screenings, and diabetes supplies.
There are no annual spending limits, forms to fill out, waiting periods, age or income requirements or medical condition restrictions, according to county officials.
Savings range from 15 percent to 50 percent off most dental procedures at participating dentists, according to information provided by Leggett’s office. Residents can save 35 percent off the retail price of frames with the purchase of a complete pair of glasses at participating providers such as LenCrafters, Pearle Vision, Target Optical and independent optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians. Residents also can save 35 percent off the price of hearing aids and screenings.
County Council member George Leventhal, who chairs the council’s Health and Human Services Committee, said the card isn’t insurance, and won’t replace Obamacare, but it will help reduce costs for residents.
And by reducing costs, it will improve people’s access to health care, he said.
“If you spend less at the dentist, you’re more likely to get dental care,” Leventhal said.
NACo public affairs director Brian Namey said residents should find many places to use the cards. According to his data, 179 county pharmacies are in the NACo network of providers, as are 745 dental offices and more than 640 health service providers.