United Way/FamilyWize Partnership Saves $1 Million Locally
Since 2008, United Way of Berks County has partnered with the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership to promote and distribute free prescription drug discount cards throughout the community to help individuals afford prescription medications not covered by insurance. The program's overall goal is to reduce the cost of medications and make people healthier.
Recently, the program reached a notable milestone, as United Way learned the FamilyWize discount cards have now helped the local community save over $1 million dollars on the cost of prescription medicines since 2008. The exact figure is $1,001,412. This represents 64,702 claims. "This achievement is a great example of United Way at work - - collaborations and programs designed to improve lives and strengthen the community," says White.
United Way of Berks County estimates they have distributed over 50,000 cards since the program's inception locally. "Too many people have insufficient or no prescription coverage or need medications not covered by their insurance. This program provides an important source of help to many people and families," explains Tammy White, President, United Way of Berks County.
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Anyone, regardless of income or age, may use the card. The card may be used for any medication not covered by insurance, and all FDA approved brand name and generic drugs are covered. Even if an individual has health insurance coverage, but needs a prescribed medication not covered through their insurance, the discount card may be used. The discount card does not apply to mail order prescriptions.
Locally, the following pharmacy chains participate: Giant, Weis, Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Target, Kmart and Sam’s Club. Other independent pharmacies also participate, and individuals are encouraged to contact their preferred pharmacy or to check the FamilyWize website for additional information.
The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in the Lehigh Valley in 2005, with funding provided by in-kind donations and reduced costs from program sponsors of the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, as well as the participating pharmacies. United Way organizations serve as a distribution partner and provides no funding to the program. Within Pennsylvania, Berks County is the fourth highest county in total number of claims, following Lehigh, Bucks and Northampton counties. The program is available in all 50 states.