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FamilyWize-United Way Partnership Helps Save Local Residents $4,658,597 in Healthcare Costs

Savings on Prescription Discount Card Goes Beyond Cost of DrugsFamilyWize Community Service Partnership

Every dollar patients spend on prescription drugs to treat heart disease and diabetes saves them $3-10 on other medical services, according to a 2011 Health Affairs study, cited by FamilyWize and United Way, two organizations partnering to help families stay healthy.

As of December 31, 2012, the FamilyWize-United Way partnership with local pharmacies has saved people living or working in New London County $1,196,832 on everyday prescription costs for conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and many others. It is estimated that, in total, residents have saved $4,658,597 on other medical expenses and services including doctor’s office visits, hospitalizations, and surgeries because the FamilyWize card allowed people to purchase necessary prescriptions at a lower cost and prevent health problems from worsening.

"Lowering the cost of prescription drugs allows more people to get the medicine they need when they need it," said Virginia L. Mason, President and CEO of United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. "The amount patients save on the cost of complications, disease progression and additional health expenses is far greater than just the savings on medicine. The FamilyWize program impacts health and also financial stability, two building blocks for a good quality of life and advancing the common good."
Savings on medications can be as much as 75% with the free FamilyWize prescription discount card. Nationwide, more than five million people have been helped and more than $448 million has been saved. The card requires no enrollment or activation. Consumers simply present the card to their pharmacist every time a prescription is needed and discounts are automatically applied when eligible.
"The FamilyWize card provides immediate savings on prescription medicines and can make a difference in staying healthy. We hope everyone will help spread the word to their family and friends about this important free help," said Ellen Imber, Vice President Community Outreach for the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.
FamilyWize cards can be used by anyone in the community, not just people without insurance. Cards may be used by those with insurance but who have a high deductible or take medicine not covered by their plan or by people with Medicard or Medicare when their prescription isn’t covered.
The FamilyWize-United Way card is easy to use and is:

  • Free of charge;
  • For immediate and unlimited use;
  • For use by anyone;
  • Accepted at every chain pharmacy and most independent pharmacies; and
  • Requires no enrollment or personal information.

To print a free card, go to Cards are available in Spanish and English. You can also view a list of participating local pharmacies and compare discounted drug prices. Or text the word “family” to 700700 for a text version of the card.

The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in 2005 by Dan and Susan Barnes to reduce the cost of prescriptions for people who live and work in Lehigh Valley, PA. Distribution of these cards was later coordinated by the local United Way. When United Ways in other communities heard about the program, they began requesting cards for their communities because its unique model provides both transparency and lowest possible prices for prescription medicine. More than 50,000 community and faith-based organizations, county agencies, doctors, pharmacies, companies, and individuals across the country are now joined together in this partnership to distribute free FamilyWize cards, reducing the cost of medicine for people in 96% of counties in the U.S.