You Can’t Use These Coupons If You’re Over 65, Say What?

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There’s some new small print wording on coupons this week that have many couponers in an uproar. We’ve all seen exclusions on trial and travel size. Limiting the number of coupons you can use at once is also pretty standard. But limiting¬†who can actually use the coupon? That’s new. And who is now limited have plenty of people feeling very angry.

If you look at the Flonase coupon pictured above, it states, “You are NOT eligible to use this coupon if you are a government beneficiary. You are a government beneficiary if you are enrolled in any federal healthcare program, including Medicaid, Medicare (Part D or otherwise)… Further, you CANNOT use this coupon if you are medicare eligible. For coupon eligibility purposes, all those 65 or older will be considered Medicare eligible.

Doing a little further digging, you can see similar restrictions on a recent Sensodyne coupon:

Many couponers stormed these companies Facebook pages today to voice their frustration over this perceived discrimination. However, the response on their part had left some customers feeling surprised. It turns out, this was a government-mandated update!

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Read the comment thread here.

I am wondering when toothpaste became considered a pharmaceutical? Or is it simply under the same umbrella because if it’s manufacturer? And what about those over 65 that have private insurance? Now they’re suddenly unable to use coupons on a wide variety of personal care products simply because of a sweeping law? I don’t know about you, but this seems unfair to me. How would the stores even enforce it without violating someone’s personal privacy to ascertain the information?

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

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