United Way helping with discount drug cards

July 24, 2013

WAYNESBURG – Greene County United Way and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, the nation’s leading provider of free prescription drug discount cards, along with 1,000 other local United Ways, announced the milestone achievement of having helped more than 5 million people get medicine they otherwise would not have been able to afford.

Locally, 582 people have been directly helped by this program.

“Saving people money on necessary prescriptions is vital to the health and well-being of our families and our community,” said Barbara Wise, executive director of Greene County United Way. “Too often, not taking medicine you need because you can’t afford it, begins a series of consequences that could start with disease progression and end with large medical bills or even bankruptcy.”

Since 2005, FamilyWize, United Ways and pharmacies around the country, have helped people stay healthy and productive in more than 95 percent of all U.S. counties. The partnership has provided free prescription discount cards that help people get the medicine they need, accounting for more than $500 million in direct savings on prescriptions.

“United Way is focusing on creating opportunity for all by improving Education, Income and Health” said Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide. “Our partnership with FamilyWize helps us advance that cause and 1,000 United Ways across America are helping people be healthier and more productive.”

“We can provide these free prescription discount cards to local social service agencies, faith-based organizations, schools, community centers, local government and healthcare providers so everyone can get the medicine they need” Wise added.

For more information about the free prescription cards, call Greene County United Way at 724-852-1009 or for more about the program, visit FamilyWize.org.



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