8 smart moves to save on health care

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Your Sunday circular may hold the secret to big savings on eye exams and glasses.

Companies like LensCrafters and Pearle Vision often offer two-for-one coupons for prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses and discounts on eye exams. The coupon inserts often include deals for medications, too.

“Drug reps often come in and give [pharmacies] vouchers or coupons,” explains Vincent Hartzell, a spokesperson for the American Pharmacists Association. “Some of the vouchers are for $50 to $100 off.”

Websites like NeedyMeds.org compile databases of coupons for popular drugs. When it’s time to fill a prescription, search the Internet for coupons or ask your pharmacist if vouchers are available.

One catch: The law prohibits pharmacists from accepting coupons from customers receiving federal health care dollars, including those on Medicare or Medicaid.