CoverMyMeds: On the House

The four judges listen to pitches as individual as the people presenting them. One contestant wants to run the Boston Marathon. Another hopes to build a sustainable playground in Clintonville. A third dreams of a knitting cruise to Alaska. Some presentations are funny and low-tech, others gut-wrenchingly personal. The marathon guy? He GoPros a run from his suburban home to the beer taps inside the Downtown headquarters of CoverMyMeds.

The pitches are part of “CoverMyQuest,” a 3-year-old annual contest sponsored by the fast-growing prescription authorization company in which employees compete for $3,500 grants and paid time off to pursue personal passion projects on the company’s dime. In late August, CoverMyMeds gave five winning contestants a financial boost to learn Mandarin, make a medical and dental mission to Honduras and develop a science and technology educational initiative, among other things. Since its inception, the program has awarded $43,500 to 15 employees.

One of this year’s winners was Jacquelyn Garcia, who persuaded her supervisors and judges to let her work from a livable mobile office (a Winnebago, if she can find one for $3,500). She plans a six-week trial run with an interactive twist: Her colleagues will determine where she goes. “[CoverMyQuest] seemed kind of weird at first,” she says, “Like, ‘Why are you doing this random thing that you don’t have to do for us?’ But after seeing part of the process, it made me aware of parts of people’s lives that I wouldn’t have known.”

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