(05/23/2008)
If you don't have health insurance, or you must buy medicine not covered by your insurance plan, a discount card being distributed by United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley could lower the cost of your medicine by an average 35%.

United Way Alliance provides these cards to our community free-of-charge to everyone who needs one. There are no age restriction, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it and no waiting to get a card.

"We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people in our community to save on prescription drugs. Too many people have insufficient or no prescription coverage or need medications not covered by their insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits, "said Joyce Mather, Director of the United Way Alliance.

Healthcare costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community and the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards will help individuals and families who otherwise could not afford to buy the medicine they need. One out of every five people in the United States has no prescription coverage.

United Way Alliance has joined more than 620 United Ways in all 50 states in lowering the cost of prescription medication for people who need help with their prescription costs. This partnership will save people $25 million in the next year with a goal of saving $100 million over the next 4 years. So far, more than 6 million cards have been distributed. There is more information on the program's website at   www.FamilyWize.org   such as a tool to look up drug prices, participating pharmacies and print additional cards for family, friends and co-workers.

The FamilyWize cards are accepted at CVS, Rite Aid, Fruth, Kroger, K-Mart, and Wal-Mart to name a few. Most pharmacies here and throughout the United States accept the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards.

The participating pharmacies in the community have agreed voluntarily to accept the FamilyWize cards and provide these savings to people in need. Brown Printing of Bethlehem, PA, donates the printing for the cards, Fed Ex Express donates the shipping of the cards and the pharmacy benefit manager provides a portion of the processing to cover the administrative costs. United Way Alliance is coordinating the distribution of the cards locally.

If you have any questions - please feel free to call Leslie Pittenger, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc. 304-580-0570 or visit   www.uwamov.com


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