United Way offers prescription for immediate savings

The United Way and FamilyWize discount prescription card program has saved people living and working in the Greater Augusta area more than $1 million on prescription medicines.

“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 Augusta County”, said Cynthia Pritchard, executive director of the United Way of Greater Augusta.

Distributed through United Ways, the FamilyWize card lowers the cost of medicine by an average of 30 percent or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan.

“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 percent of pharmacies nationwide
· No enrollment or personal information needed

Nearly 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states have helped to save more than $300 million on prescriptions in their communities.

FamilyWize cards can be found at our local United Way office, or at most local pharmacies. People with internet access can go to www.unitedwayga.orgor to www.FamilyWize.org to print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

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