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May 27, 2014
Help is here to lower the cost of medicine, thanks to a free drug discount card provided by United Way of Larimer County.
“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 in Larimer County,” said Marcy Yoder of United Way of Larimer County. “There are no forms to fill out, no waiting period, and no registration. The card is really just like a reusable prescription coupon on all FDA approved medicines.”
FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 40% or more for people without prescription drug coverage or who take medications not covered by their plan. Just by presenting the FamilyWize card at their local pharmacy, customers save on the cost of their prescription medicine 80% of the time.
“So many people are struggling with the high cost of medicine and need help right now. 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. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.
The FamilyWize card is easy to use:
“United Way of Larimer County proudly joins 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states who have already saved more than $580 million as of November 2013 on prescriptions in their communities and distributed more than 20 million cards nationwide,” said Yoder.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY
United Way of Larimer County is committed to creating pathways to prosperity that increase opportunities for all people in Larimer County to reach their full potential. With the collective impact of all of us working together, we will have far-reaching, long-lasting results that broaden the path of opportunity and build a more vibrant community. United Way recognizes that in order to create long-term, systemic change that improves lives in Larimer County, we must engage strategic partners working on a variety of levels in the areas of Education, Income and Health - the building blocks for a good quality of life. A good education leads to more employment opportunities; parents with good jobs are better able to provide stability for their families and kids are more likely to succeed in school if they are healthy and well-fed.
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 million and a new goal was established to reach $1 billion in savings by the end of 2015. For more information, visit www.FamilyWize.org.
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