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FamilyWize Partnership Makes Prescription Medications More Affordable

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is partnering with FamilyWize to help households meet the cost of their prescription medications. How does it work? FamilyWize acts like a big buying group, pulling together millions of people that either have no health insurance (the uninsured), have high medication costs, or need to buy medicine not covered by their plan (the underinsured).

FamilyWize negotiates with the pharmacies to get discounts similar to what they give large groups like insurance companies and employers. FamilyWize passes through 100% of these negotiated discounts to the people using the free card to purchase their medicine.

These discount cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid and Medicare. FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards are available free of charge and distributed by United Way throughout the community. Last year, the average savings was 43%.

The cards are similar to insurance in that they are shown to a pharmacist at a participating pharmacy who then offers a discount which helps clients better afford their prescription medications. It is good for several years and an entire family can use it, even if members have different last names.

Want to know the price of your prescription medication? Use FamilyWize’s new Drug Price Lookup Tool on their website to find the best price at your local pharmacies. Prescription medication costs can differ among pharmacies. By simply entering the name and quantity of your medication, as well as your zip code, you can find the best FamilyWize price in your local pharmacies.

To participate in FamilyWize, text the word “family” to 700700 and get a free Prescription Discount Card sent to your cell phone by text. Then simply show the text to your pharmacist and they will automatically apply the FamilyWize discount to the cost of your medicine.

You can also download and print out a paper version, as well as view a list of your local participating pharmacies, at