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Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes

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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 Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes”, said Melisse Meza, Vice President, Community Impact, for United Way of Southeast Louisiana. "People in our community have already saved over a million just by using the FamilyWize card.”

FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35% 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

"United Way of Southeast Louisiana proudly joins 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states who have already saved almost $500 million dollars as of April 15th on prescriptions in their communities and distributed more than 20 million cards nationwide. Together, we hope to reduce the cost of medicine $1 billion by the end of 2015”, said Michael Williamson, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

Visit www.FamilyWize.org to print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

“I picked up a familywize free prescription discount card from a United Way table at recent health fair.  Later that day I went to www.familywize.org and researched the discounts for a prescription that was not covered by my prescription drug insurance.  If I moved my prescription to another pharmacy and used the card, my monthly cost for this prescription would decrease by $9.00.  I went to the participating pharmacy, gave them the familywize card, and had them call to transfer the prescription.  Now I save over $100 per year for this medicine! “

  • Anonymous Card User