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Former NBA player Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway has transitioned from athlete to philanthropic-minded businessman and he’s being truly inventive with the methods he’s employing to help his community. That’s because Hardaway isn’t just operating a traditional business, he’s also offering a a “Penny Car”d, which promises to help uninsured people save money on health care.
Hardaway announced Sunday that Light of Glory church was one of three churches that had been chosen to begin pre-sale of the new Penny Card on Sunday.
“Anything I can do to help in the city of Memphis,” said Hardaway.
Hardaway has purchased one million cards health care discount cards.
“I think it’s a great program. Overall, it’s helping people,” he said.
Roderick Harvey, the Penny Hardaway Foundation Distribution Manager, said pharmacists accept the cards, which can save on over the counter health care costs.
“This card will save people anywhere from 10 to 85 percent on their prescriptions,” he said.
You can also purchase additional supplies using the card.
“Discounts on your diabetic supplies, your imaging, your lab and things of that nature,” said Harvey.
Many people in the Mid-South don’t have access to health care and Hardaway says he hopes his cards will help.
“Medical is huge,” he said. “After having six knee surgeries, I know what it would have taken for me if I didn’t have insurance or if I didn’t have the NBA to help pay for my surgeries, it would have been thousands of dollars.”
The Penny card can be used anywhere in the U.S.and will become available on July 9th.