UWBG’s Partnership with FamilyWize

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Local families continue to struggle to meet their most basic needs, and many lack access to basic health care services. In fact, right now in UWBG’s service area over 86,000 people are living without health insurance – meaning possibly one medical issue away from additional financial instability (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). When tough choices have to be made, such as paying for food, shelter or healthcare, oftentimes, healthcare is the first to go. When there is no food on the table, spending $100 on a prescription seems out of the question. These are just some of the reasons that UWBG has partnered with FamilyWize to lower the cost of prescription medications. Lowering the cost of prescription medications allows Central Kentuckians the opportunity to be able to afford the medicines they so desperately need.

 
What is FamilyWize?
FamilyWize is a prescription savings card available through United Way of the Bluegrass. There is no cost or enrollment associated with the card, and it can be used at participating pharmacies to save on the cost of prescriptions without insurance. The amount saved varies by pharmacy and prescription, but it averages around 40%. The discount card will not make medicines free, but these savings are offering real help that people can use immediately. As of September 2012, over 7,000 claims have been made in UWBG’s nine county area, totaling over $160,000 in prescription drug savings.
 
Where can I use my FamilyWize card?
Pharmacies use the FamilyWize discount drug card like a reusable prescription coupon. Over 60,000 participating pharmacy chains and private pharmacies, such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Target, Kmart and many more take the prescription card to provide discounts on prescription medicines.
 
To get more information about the FamilyWize program, please visit: http://www.uwbg.org/familywize
 
Who is being helped by this program?
“My son got sick, who's five years old, caught a cold, it got a little worse so we took him to the doctor. Didn't have insurance. She gave us the prescription. The prescription cost $536! With the card, we paid $32!” –Lamar
 
“When I went to use the FamilyWize card, it saved me approximately $70 on my Prevacid, and that was $70 a month. It was extremely convenient, extremely simple and saved me a lot of money! –Sue
 
To see how more people like Lamar and Sue are being helped by FamilyWize, please visit: http://familywize.org/
 
UWBG is working hard to develop partnerships such as this one with FamilyWize to create sustainable change in the communities we serve. If you wish to become a part of FamilyWize or one of our other community efforts to increase financial stability in the Bluegrass, please call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.uwbg.org/income.
 
Brandi Golebiewski, MSW

Community Investments Coordinator

 

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