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FamilyWize Prescription Card

United Way Helps Families Cover Prescription Costs

Since its inception in July 2009, the Family Wize Prescription Card has saved over $1,163,262 (as of December 2013) for residents in five local counties.  If you don’t have health insurance, or need medicine not covered by your insurance plan, you need the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card being distributed by United Way of the CSRA. This card could lower the cost of your medicine by an average 30% or more. United Way is providing these cards free-of-charge to everyone in our community. There are no age restrictions, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it, and no waiting to get a card. In fact, you can print and cut out the card to use today.

“Health care costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community,” said La Verne Gold, President/CEO of United Way of the CSRA. “Forty percent of adults don’t buy the medicine they need, have difficulty affording it or reduce the required dosage because of the high cost. The FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards will help individuals and families who otherwise could not afford to buy the medicine they need. Too many people have insufficient coverage, no prescription coverage or need medications not covered by their insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits.”

FamilyWize cards also can be obtained from all Kmart Pharmacies and many participating local pharmacies, or by calling United Way of the CSRA’s 2-1-1 information and referral call center. Local businesses and employers can also get cards to give all their employees. People with Internet access can go to to print a card, look up drug prices, and get a list of participating pharmacies.

United Way of the CSRA has joined more than 800 United Ways in all 50 states to save people over $50 million in the next year on the cost of their medicine. So far, more than 12 million cards have been distributed. Most pharmacies here and throughout the United States accept the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards.

Additional information about this program is available through United Way of the CSRA (706-724-5544) and online at


In the spring of 2005, Dan and Susan Barnes decided to give a supply of free prescription drug discount cards to the Family Centers in the local schools in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They had heard of families who were having difficulty buying the medicine they needed because of the high cost and they wanted to do what they could to reduce the cost of prescriptions for families in the Lehigh Valley. The Family Centers 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 to provide this free assistance to other communities. As a result, they established the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership in the fall of 2005.

They invited a group of local and national companies to join together to provide this free assistance to people in need across the county. Now, more than twenty five thousand community and faith-based organizations, county and municipal agencies, doctors, pharmacies, public and private companies, and individuals across the country have joined together to reduce the cost of medicine for people in one out every three counties in the United States. One of the most common questions is how the cards can be distributed for free. The answer is that the savings on the cost of the medicine is provided voluntarily by the more than 55,000 participating local pharmacies that have agreed to accept prices for medications that are close to the prices they make available to large insurance companies.