ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The FamilyWize prescription discount card has saved Allen County residents more than half a million dollars in less than four years.
From the program’s introduction in March of 2007 through December 31, 2010 money saved by residents using the card has totaled $507,458.
To date, more than 28,000 claims have been filed in Allen County. The average savings are around 30% or more than $18.
Mike Green, Spokeman for the Allen County Commissioners says, "Unemployment numbers continue to go up. People continue to struggle paying their medical bills and taking care of other expenses in everyday life. So, any kind of help that can be given is important."
Mary Tyndall, Communications Director for the Allen County United Way, says,"We see people struggling to make ends meet, to take care of their families. Anything we can do help people make ends meet - to stay healthy, take care of their children - really helps. When you look at half a million dollars you think, 'Wow, that really, really did help.'"
"No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions," said Nelson Peters, president of the Board of Commissioners. "That's why our board, through the leadership of former Commissioner Bill Brown, partnered with FamilyWize and United Way to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in Allen County."
"One of United Way's key priorities is to help local residents meet their most basic needs, including health care," said Todd Stephenson, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County. "FamilyWize is one way we can help accomplish that goal, and we are pleased United Way could help bring this no-cost benefit to local residents. We are also grateful to the Allen County Commissioners for taking the lead role in implementing FamilyWize in Allen County."
FamilyWize cards are primarily for people with no health insurance or prescription coverage. However, they can also be used when people have to buy medicine not covered by their health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or VA benefits.
The cards have no usage or age limits, income or registration forms and can be used immediately at most local pharmacies.
FamilyWize cards can be obtained at more than 50 sites from a variety of participating local partner agencies, municipal and county agencies and departments. In addition, the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne distributes the cards at its 28 food bank locations. People with internet access can go to www.FamilyWize.org to print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.
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