FAMILYWIZE: United Way has Prescription for Everyday Savings

New, free drug discount card saves everyone money at local pharmacies.

Help is here to lower the cost of medicine, thanks to a free drug discount card provided by the United Way. “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 Erie County”, said Pamela Brumbaugh, Executive Director.  “Since United Way of Erie County starting partnering with Familywize in 2010, 4818 claims have been filed, saving individuals over $61,600.00 just by using the FamilyWize card.”

FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 40% or more for people without insurance 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. We knew we couldn’t wait years for healthcare reform to be implemented. 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
•    Accepted at 95% of pharmacies nationwide
•    No age/income restrictions
•    No enrollment or personal information needed
FamilyWize cards can be picked up at the United Way office.  People with internet access can go to or to to print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

CVS Pharmacy
Wal-Mart Pharmacy
Kroger Pharmacy
Sam's Club
Rite Aid

The FamilyWize community service partnership was established in 2005 and coordinated by Membership Services Corporation of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania to reduce medication costs for people who live and work in the Lehigh Valley. We believe that healthier people make healthier communities and a stronger nation. More than ten thousand community and faith-based organizations, county agencies, doctors, pharmacies, companies, and individuals across the country join in this partnership to distribute free FamilyWize prescription discount cards. This reduces the cost of medicine for people in one of every four counties in the United States. More than 535 participating United Way agencies, America's Promise Alliance Partners, and individual counties in all 50 states and Puerto Rico have volunteered to coordinate these distribution efforts. The savings on the cost of the medicine is provided by the more than 53,000 participating local pharmacies that have voluntarily agreed to accept prices for medications that are close to the prices they make available to large insurance companies and employers. All other program costs, including materials, printing, shipping, programming, distribution, reporting, administration, network pharmacy services, and customer service are provided by the in-kind donations fromt he program sponsors and by part of the processing fee included in the cost of the medicine. For more information visit

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