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United Cooperative ServiCeS A MONTHLY INSERT FOR MEMBERS OF UNITED COOPERATIVE SERVICES Power Talk INSIDE THIS ISSUE: No Clipping Required  Savvy United shoppers have long considered the Co-op Connections Card as a prescription savings coupon that never expires For most folks, making ends meet these days is becoming an increasingly grueling endeavor. Rising consumer costs in nearly every retail sector have renewed our interest in saving a nickel here and there, everywhere we can—especially on prescription medications we take regularly. The Co-op Connections Card, a free value-added discount savings tool provided to every United member, is helping bridge the widening gap between medical necessities and their affordability. In May alone, United members collec-tively racked up more than $9,000 in prescription savings by simply presenting the Co-op Connections Card at their local partici-pating pharmacy. Overall, members have thus far in 2012 netted approximately $46,000 in discounted savings, yet it is clear that some United members are still missing out on this golden savings opportunity. And beyond vast prescription savings, the card can also be used for everyday product and service purchases among an ever growing variety of participating merchants, both locally and nationally. The following are a sample of the most frequently asked questions regarding the card and its use. The discounts save you 10-60 percent on prescriptions at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target and more. how much will i save? Your pharmacy discounts are provided as part of your Co-op Connections ® Program at no cost. how much does the feature cost? No. One card may be used by the entire family. does everyone in my family need an individual card? Please see CO-OP CONNECTIONS , PAGE 8 UNITED LINEMAN FILLS HONORARY CEO OF THE WEEK POST, PAGE .....4 TAKING THE TOUR United’s newly expanded Burleson Office receives critical acclaim during an official re-opening of the building ..... PAGE 2 DIRECTOR HONORED FOR SERVICE TO UNITED, PAGE ..... 3 BLOWER DOOR TESTS, THERMAL IMAGING CATCH UNSEEN AIR LEAKS, PAGE ..... 6 UNITED’S BURLESON OFFICE RECEIVES COM-MUNITY IMPROVEMENT AWARD, PAGE ..... 10 MANAGER’S PERSPECTIVE: ANOTHER CHAP-TER, PAGE ..... 9 RATE WATCH SHOWS RATE COMPARISON OF NORTH TEXAS PROVIDERS, PAGE ..... 12 JULY 2012 UNITED COOPERATIVE SERVICES 1

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Savvy United shoppers have long considered the Co-op Connections Card as a prescription savings coupon that never expires<br /> <br /> For most folks, making ends meet these days is becoming an increasingly grueling endeavor. Rising consumer costs in nearly every retail sector have renewed our interest in saving a nickel here and there, everywhere we can—especially on prescription medications we take regularly.<br /> <br /> The Co-op Connections Card, a free value-added discount savings tool provided to every United member, is helping bridge the widening gap between medical necessities and their affordability.<br /> <br /> In May alone, United members collectively racked up more than $9,000 in prescription savings by simply presenting the Co-op Connections Card at their local participating pharmacy. Overall, members have thus far in 2012 netted approximately $46,000 in discounted savings, yet it is clear that some United members are still missing out on this golden savings opportunity.<br /> <br /> And beyond vast prescription savings, the card can also be used for everyday product and service purchases among an ever growing variety of participating merchants, both locally and nationally.<br /> <br /> The following are a sample of the most frequently asked questions regarding the card and its use. <br /> <br /> How much will i save?<br /> <br /> The discounts save you 10-60 percent on prescriptions at over 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target and more.<br /> <br /> How much does the feature cost?<br /> <br /> Your pharmacy discounts are provided as part of your Co-op Connections® Program at no cost.<br /> <br /> Does everyone in my family need an individual card?<br /> <br /> No. One card may be used by the entire family.<br /> <br /> I just received my card. Can I use it right away?<br /> <br /> Yes, just present your card and prescription at a participating retail pharmacy to receive a discount at the time of purchase.<br /> <br /> I’ve lost my card. How can I get a replacement?<br /> <br /> Please contact your nearest United office, or call 817-556-4000 to request a new one.<br /> <br /> How are these pharmacy discounts different from traditional prescription insurance?<br /> <br /> This plan is not insurance; it is a pharmacy discount offer. The card provides immediate discounts at the pharmacy. Upon presenting your card to the pharmacist, you will pay the lower of a discounted price or the pharmacy’s regular retail price.There are no forms to fill out and no limit to the number of times you can use the card. These discounts are available only at participating retail pharmacies.<br /> <br /> Can I use my Co-op Connections card with my current insurance benefit to reduce my costs?<br /> <br /> Your card cannot be used in conjunction with insurance.However, use your card to purchase prescriptions not covered by your insurance plans at a discounted rate.<br /> <br /> Pharmacy discounts are Not Insurance and are Not Intended as a Substitute for Insurance. The discount is only available at participating pharmacies.<br /> <br /> Where can I get a list of pharmacies that accept the card?<br /> <br /> The Co-op Connections card is accepted at over 60,000 retail pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Wal- Mart, Target and more. You can find participating pharmacy locations at www.locateproviders.com. <br /> <br /> Will I always receive the lowest price?<br /> <br /> Yes. You will receive the best price available to you through this program at the pharmacy. On occasion, pharmacies will price a particular medication lower than the discount rate provided by the card. If that occurs, you will receive the lower price.<br /> <br /> Can I find out the discounted price of my prescriptions before going to the pharmacy?<br /> <br /> Yes, if you know the name, strength and quantity of the medication, you can find the discounted price of the medication by visiting www.rxpricequotes.com. <br /> <br /> Why did the price of my prescription change since my last purchase?<br /> <br /> Drug prices are different from pharmacy to pharmacy. Even chains have different prices in their stores depending on the population they are servicing. Additionally, manufacturers’ drug prices change periodically.<br /> <br /> What is the mail order program?<br /> <br /> To ensure members always save money on their prescription drugs, a unique mail order program was created to complement the network pharmacy benefit. Since most maintenance (long term) medications are purchased in 90-day supplies, members maximize savings and have the convenience of home delivery (at no additional charge) by ordering through the mail order option.<br /> <br /> United Teen Earns Second in Co-op Video Contest<br /> <br /> Kenton Sorke of Joshua, son of United Cooperative Services members Ingo and Nancy Sorke, was the second-place winner in the 2012 Co-op Teens Power Texas video contest. His entry, “DOs and DON’Ts of Energy Conservation,” won $500, which this year was determined by the most views on YouTube. The video has been watched more than 2,300 times. The contest, sponsored by Texas Co-op Power magazine in conjunction with electric cooperatives across Texas, asked students in grades 6 through 12 to create a 30- to 60-second commercial promoting their respective electric cooperative.<br /> <br /> “I love making movies,” Sorke said. “I like the filming, the Editing and playing around with different effects and seeing what I can create.This is my first really big video.I’m really happy it won.” <br /> <br /> To see all the winning videos, go to Texas Co-op Power’s website,www.texascooppower.com, or visit the contest’s YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/TXCOOPPOWER.

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