United Way, FamilyWize help community save on medications


United Way of Central Kentucky (UWCK) and FamilyWize recently announced that local community members of Hardin, Breckinridge, Grayson, LaRue, and Meade Counties have saved $508,374 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership since it was established in 2007.

The results were revealed in the annual Health Impact Report, a compendium of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in their joint community initiatives across the country.

Key community highlights from the Health Impact Report include:

· $89,356 saved in the UWCK service area through 4,080 claims in 2015

· $508,374 savings on prescription medications with 6,081 community members helped since the partnership was offered locally in 2007

Over 1,000 local and independent United Ways have collaborated with FamilyWize to help 9.6 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of 40 percent since the partnership began.

“All too often we see families struggling to stay healthy due to the high cost of their prescription medications,” said Megan Stith, President and CEO of United Way of Central Kentucky. “Partnering with FamilyWize has allowed us to offer new, free resources to our community members for managing their finances and improving their families’ quality of life. It’s encouraging to see the true impact our partnership has had, and we look forward to supporting more families, especially those that cannot afford their deductibles, have high co-pays, or fall through the cracks in the changing insurance system.”

“We are proud of our work with United Way and the far-reaching impact we have achieved,” added Dan Barnes, CEO and Co-Founder of FamilyWize. “The current U.S. healthcare landscape remains difficult for millions of Americans to navigate, and rising prescription medication costs are causing many to sacrifice health to afford other basic necessities. With United Way, we are working towards a goal of helping even more families become educated on their options for finding cost-efficient prescription medications.”

The FamilyWize program is free and saved participants an average of 43 percent off of their prescription medications in 2015. Accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and covering all FDA approved prescription medications, the FamilyWize card has no eligibility requirements and is available to anyone. To sign up for the program, visit www.familywize.org, download the Android or Apple app, or print out the card. The card is also available at the United Way of Central Kentucky office.

For more information, visit http://www.unitedwayck.org/health-basic-needs or call 270-737-6608.


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