United Way of the Bluegrass and FamilyWize announce savings of $257,200 in everyday prescription costs for local residents

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United Way and FamilyWize are proud to announce that their partnership has saved the people living and working in Central Kentucky more than $257,200 on everyday prescription costs.

The free FamilyWize drug discount card is distributed by United Way of the Bluegrass. “No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in Central Kentucky,” said David Kitchen, Director of Brand Strategy at United Way of the Bluegrass.

Since the United Way of the Bluegrass - FamilyWize partnership began in 2005, people in Central Kentucky (Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, Scott and Woodford counties) have saved a total of $257,200, including $155,966 in 2011 alone.

Distributed through United Ways, the FamilyWize card lowers the cost of medicine by an average of 35% or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. It’s easy. It’s just like a coupon you can keep using every time you need to fill a prescription.  All you have to do is present a FamilyWize card at a local pharmacy to get the savings.

“The FamilyWize card provides immediate savings on prescription medicines with no paperwork or forms to fill out,” said Dan Barnes, Co-chair of The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.

These 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 or Medicare.

The FamilyWize card is easy to use:

  • It’s Free

  • For immediate and unlimited use

  • Anyone can use the FamilyWize card

  • Accepted at 95% of pharmacies nationwide

  • No enrollment or personal information needed

1,000 United Ways in all 50 states have helped to save $225 million on prescriptions in their communities as of July, 2011.

FamilyWize cards can downloaded from www.uwbg.org or by calling 2-1-1. Those interested can also visit www.FamilyWize.org to print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

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About the FamilyWize Partnership

In the spring of 2005, Dan and Susan Barnes heard of families in the Lehigh Valley area who were having difficulty buying the medicine they needed because of the high cost of prescription drugs. They responded by distributing a free prescription discount drug card through family and health centers in the schools in Bethlehem. The family centers then involved the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley who asked 25 of its partner agencies to help distribute the cards to individuals and families in need throughout the  area. Almost immediately, Dan and Susan received requests from other United Ways to provide this free assistance in other communities. As a result, they established the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership in the fall of 2005 inviting a group of local and national companies to join together to provide this free assistance through United Ways to people in need across the county. Currently 1000 participating United Ways and America’s Promise Alliance Partners in all 50 states coordinate the local distribution of the free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. In July of 2011, the total savings from the use of FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards passed $225 MM and a new goal was established to reach $1 billion in savings by the end of 2015. For more information, visit www.FamilyWize.org.

About United Way of the Bluegrass

United Way of the Bluegrass is a leader and motivator of change for long-term solutions for our community. The community was brought together to determine the needs unique to Central Kentucky and consensus was reached on how to solve them, both short-term and long-term. United Way has committed to four focus areas to meet the needs of today and solve the problems of tomorrow: basic and essential services, education, income and health. This change in approach has fostered a great deal of cooperation and innovation in the community. Systems have been developed to evaluate the quality and success of funded programs, so investors can be assured dollars will have the maximum impact on the community. For more information, visit www.uwbg.org or call 859.233.4460.