If you or a loved one depends on prescription meds, the Blink Health app can help pay for them

blink health free prescription med discount program 32361211  pharmacist and client in a drugstore
william87 / 123RF Stock Photo
It’s no fun being sick or injured, or to be recovering from surgery, but paying for prescription medication can be almost as bad. When you pick up a prescription at a pharmacy, you often have no clue what it’s going to cost ahead of time, even with insurance. In the U.S., med prices cause sticker shock so often that 30 percent of all prescriptions are left at the counter, according to Blink Health. With Blink Health’s free discount drug program, the pain of paying for prescription drugs may be lessened.

Many wrongly assume that if they have insurance, they’re all set. Not so. “There’s a common misconception in this country. Patients believe that, because they’re covered by insurance, they’re paying the lowest price at the pharmacy counter. This is not the case,” said Blink Health co-founder and COO Matt Chaiken.

According to the company, Blink can offer lower prices on more than 15,000 medications, most of which are generic and cost less than $10 on Blink Health. The low prices are possible because of the purchasing power of the combined membership of Blink Health and an allied company, MedImpact. The list of pharmacy chains that accept Blink Health includes Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target, and many others.

To use Blink Health go to BlinkHealth.com or open the Blink Health app on your iOS or Android smartphone. Enter your medication by name, dose, and quantity and you’ll get a price quote. If you want to go forward, pay for the meds online.  A “Blink Card” which acts as a proof of purchase is sent to your phone. Simply go to the pharmacy with your prescription and show your receipt. As long as you have a valid prescription from a physician, they’ll fill the prescription and you pay nothing more at the pharmacy.

It’s all simple in concept. If you already know the cost of prescriptions, you’ll know quickly if the Blink Price is better. If you don’t know what the med cost would be without Blink, you can always call or even go to the pharmacy and show them your insurance card, if you have one, and get a price quote. If the Blink Price is lower, which the company says will be most of the time, step away, pay via the Blink Health app and then show the pharmacist your Blink Card. Easy as pie.

It doesn’t cost you anything to check out your prescription first on Blink Health. With the complexity of many insurance plans, you might find that it’s cheaper to buy via Blink Health at your pharmacy then to use your insurance. To encourage people to check out its service, Blink offers all new members $5 off on their first medication through the network and $10 in credit for referring new users.

Download for iOS Download for Android

Emerging Tech

Breakthrough male contraceptive gel is nearly ready for the bedroom

A new male contraceptive gel is absorbed through the skin, and promises to temporarily reduce sperm count in order to avoid pregnancy. Here's how you can get involved with a clinical trial.
Movies & TV

The best Christmas TV episodes and specials

To help get you in the spirit of the season, we've compiled a list of the best Christmas TV episodes and specials. Whether it's free episodes on your favorite streaming service, or stop-motion classics, look no further.

The best iPhone deals for December 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for December 2018.

Worried about your online privacy? We tested the best VPN services

Browsing the web can be less secure than most users would hope. If that concerns you, a virtual private network — aka a VPN — is a decent solution. Check out a few of the best VPN services on the market.

Still have money in your Flexible Spending Account? Head to the FSA online store

Don’t panic if you still have money sitting in your FSA and no doctor's appointments on the horizon. The FSA store has plenty of cool, useful gizmos you’ll want to purchase for your home and your health.
Emerging Tech

Wearable device spots signs of an opioid overdose, automatically calls for help

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a wearable device that’s capable of detecting an opioid overdose and sending out an alert to medical personnel. Here's how it works.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

First baby born using a womb transplanted from a deceased donor

In a world first, doctors have confirmed the birth of a healthy baby girl in Brazil using a womb transplanted from a deceased donor. Here's why that's so potentially transformative.
Emerging Tech

This implant goes beyond pacemakers, helps aging hearts beat more vigorously

The FDA's advisory committee has voted to recommend an innovative pacemaker-style gadget be approved in the U.S. The Optimizer Smart Implantable Pulse Generator boosts performance, strength, and pumping ability of weakened heart chambers.

Forget pumps. This innovative filter purifies H2O in 8 seconds flat

The Grayl Geopress water purification system removes more than 99 percent of all bacteria, cysts, and viruses from water in just eight seconds, providing clean drinking water to travelers and outdoor adventurers.

Built to take a beating and still perform, these are the best hiking watches

A proper hiking watch should track exercise metrics and act as a navigational co-pilot during any kind of hike. Ideally, it'll even have a built-in GPS system and sensors. Here are five of the best hiking watches.

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.

These fitness deals come just in time to work off those holiday calories

Finding the motivation to work out is one thing. Finding space at home to get in a few sets and reps can be an entire challenge in itself. Luckily for you, Walmart and Amazon both have space saving fitness machines and tools on sale right…
Emerging Tech

Transplanted pig hearts show promise in baboon trials. Are humans next?

Researchers in Germany have successfully transplanted modified pig hearts into baboons. The results take us one step closer to ending organ transplant waiting lists for good. Here's why.