FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 45% 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. However, the cards will not offer additional savings for medications that have already been discounted from insurance or other discount programs.

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

United Way of Freeborn County joins over 900 United Ways in all 50 states who have already saved more than $100 million on prescriptions in their communities and distributed more than 15 million cards nationwide.

FamilyWize cards can be found locally at local nonprofit agencies and other locations around town, including the United Way office. For more information visit Local pharmacies participating include:

  • Curt’s Pharmacy – 1615 West Main Street 
  • Walgreens – 703 East Main Street
  • HyVee – 278- Bridge Avenue
  • Walmart – 1550 Blake Avenue  

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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 more than 950 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 March of 2010, the total savings from the use of FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards passed $100 MM and a new goal was established to reach $1 billion in savings by the year 2020.