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UWKC and FamilyWize Help Local Community Save $358,799 on Prescription Medications
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United Way of Kershaw County and FamilyWize recently announced that local community members have saved $358,799 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results were revealed in the annual Health Impact Report, a compendium of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country.

Over 1,000 United Ways have collaborated with FamilyWize to help 9.6 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of 40 percent since the partnership began.  

Key community highlights from the Health Impact Report for the community include:

• $358,799 savings on prescription medications

• $3,395 community members helped

“All too often we see families struggling to stay healthy due to the high cost of their prescription medications,” said United Way of Kershaw County Vice President of Campaign Pam Spivey, “Partnering with FamilyWize has allowed us to offer new, free resources to our community members for managing their finances and improving their families’ quality of life. It’s encouraging to see the true impact our partnership has had and we look forward to supporting more families.”

“We are proud of our work with United Way and the far-reaching impact we have achieved,” added CEO and Co-Founder of FamilyWize Dan Barnes, “The current U.S. healthcare landscape remains difficult for millions of Americans to navigate, and rising prescription medication costs are causing many to sacrifice health to afford other basic necessities. With United Way, we are working towards a goal of helping even more families become educated on their options for finding cost-efficient prescription medications.”

The FamilyWize program is free and saved participants an average of 43 percent off of their prescription medications in 2015. Accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide and covering all FDA approved prescription medications, the FamilyWize card has no eligibility requirements and is available to anyone. To sign up for the program, visit www.familywize.org, download the Android or Apple app, or print out the card. The card is also available at the United Way of Kershaw County.

For more information about United Way of Kershaw County, visit www.uwkc.net or call 803-432-0951.

United Way of Kershaw County has four priority areas in which we work. Those areas include Education, Financial Stability, Homelessness and Hunger and Health. Partnering with FamilyWize on the distribution of the prescription card is one way to improve the overall health of the community.