It has recently come to ECI REC’s attention that Walmart has made a few changes to its policy regarding the use of the Co-op Connections card.
First, Walmart has cleared its system of all discount cards stored under any customer names. As a result, members will have to present their card every time they go to the pharmacy, whereas in the past the card information was stored by Walmart. It is important that members remember to keep their card on them at all times or download the CC smartphone app, which the pharmacist can use to re-enter their Co-op Connections discount data into the computer. Finally, members must show the card and the prescription at the same time when picking up an order.
In addition, Walmart will not accept discount cards for $4 and $10 generics. These medications are loss leaders for Walmart, so they will not be priced any lower with the discount cards. Members should keep in mind that there is little to no chance that the Co-op Connections card offered a further discount on these low-priced generics in the first place.
To conclude, here are a few key points to remember about these changes to Walmart’s Co-op Connections policy:
- Members must present their card every time they go to the pharmacy. If a member does not present his or her card, the pharmacist will not have the information needed to provide a discount.
- Walmart will not accept discount cards for $4 and $10 generics.
- If a member is purchasing a medication that falls under the $4 or $10 pricing, Walmart will not process the card because the member is already getting the lowest cost.