Below are various resources that may be helpful to members and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Drive Throughs Open June 1
Effective Monday, June 1 at 8 a.m. Medina EC’s drive-throughs will be open. Drop boxes are also still open but lobbies will remain closed. This decision was made on May 21 based on the latest updates from the Governor and case numbers in the 17 counties served by the cooperative.
Medical Discounts: Prescriptions and Other Services
If you lost your health insurance due to job loss or if you do not have health insurance, the Co-op Connections card could help. The card can save you money on prescriptions and other health services such as pharmacy discounts, dental and vision benefits, diabetic supplies, hearing aids, chiropractics, lab testing, and MRI and CT scans. If you do not have your card, you can print one from the website, or contact us at 1-866-MEC-ELEC (632-3532) or MyCoop@MedinaEC.org and we can mail you one.
The card is completely free to members. Visit MedinaEC.org/Connections for more information.
Medina EC has suspended disconnects through July 1, and no penalties will be applied to any accounts until August 1. If members know they are going to be unable to pay the amount due on their account by July 1, we are asking that they contact our member service representatives by June 30. They are working with members on payment plans that fit their needs and making notes on accounts. Once disconnects do begin, accounts with payment arrangements will not be disconnected, so it is important to communicate with our staff.
There are also various community agencies you can reach out to. These agencies assist members with financial hardships. They include the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), which provides utility assistance program for low-income households and other assistance programs.
Help for Business Owners
If you are offering specials to customers, Medina EC can promote those on our social media pages through our Co-op Connections program, which is free to join. We are spotlighting small businesses on the program on our social media pages and in future issues of the magazine. Get more information and a business application at MedinaEC.org/Connections.
The U.S. Small Business Administration may have funding options for those seeking relief. To see what current support they are offering, visit SBA.gov and select the Coronavirus small business guidance and loan resources.