Allen County Board of Commissioners press release:
Allen County FamilyWize Program Reaches New Milestone
Prescription drug discount card credited with saving residents over $250K
Two and a-half years after it was introduced in Allen County, the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card program is being credited with saving residents more than a quarter of a million dollars.
From March of 2007 – when the United Way of Allen County began offering the program locally – through September of this year, use of the FamilyWize cards has resulted in savings totaling $258,561, according to figures released today by the Allen County Board of Commissioners.
The cards were used 13,000 times during that period. The average amount saved on the cost of a prescription was $19.81, or 29 percent.
“Healthcare costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community,” said Bill Brown, President of the Board of Commissioners. “So many of our citizens need help with the costs of their prescriptions. The FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards have helped individuals and families who otherwise could not afford to buy the medicine they need.”
Most of the savings – $250,417 – have been recorded since April of 2008, when the Board of Commissioners partnered with United Way to help distribute cards and publicize the program.
“United Way has been so pleased to partner with the County Commissioners on the FamilyWize project,” said Jerry Peterson, President and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “United Way and our partner agencies work with local residents every day who struggle financially. FamilyWize can help lessen the burden of paying for prescriptions that are critical to maintaining people’s health.”
The FamilyWize card enables a person to receive discounted pricing on prescription drugs. It can offer immediate savings on prescription drugs at most local pharmacies for people that have no health insurance, during deductible periods and for prescription medicine not covered by health insurance, Medicare and other benefit plans. The free card contains no age restrictions, no income restrictions and no limit on how many times it can be used.
FamilyWize cards can be obtained at more than 50 sites from a variety of participating local partner agencies, municipal and county agencies and departments. Also, people with Internet access can go to www.allencounty.us to find the link to the FamilyWize website where they can print a card, look up drug prices and get a list of participating pharmacies.
“We are very grateful to those agencies and government departments which have been a part of this great achievement,” Brown said. “But we want to make certain that all of our Allen County citizens are aware of the existence of the FamilyWize program and how it can benefit them. We need other groups and businesses to step forward and provide a place where the cards and information about the program can be displayed.”
Any private or public entity wishing to help with distribution of FamilyWize cards – either internally or to the public in general – are asked to contact the Commissioners’ Public Information Office at 449-7671 or the United Way of Allen County at 422-4776.
Family Wize Prescription Drug Discount Card distribution sites in Allen County
- 14 Allen County Public Library Branches
- Lutheran, St. Joseph and Dupont Hospitals
- Parkview North and Randallia ER Waiting Areas
- 9 RediMed Facilities
- SuperShot Vaccination Clinic Sites
- Neighborhood Health Clinic
- Family Practice Center
- New Haven-Adams Township Fire Dept.
- St. Joseph Township Fire Dept.
- Washington Township Fire Dept.
- Grabill Town Hall
- Huntertown Town Hall
- Leo-Cedarville Town Hall
- New Haven City Hall
- Woodburn City Hall
- Aboite Township Trustee’s Office
- Perry Township Trustee’s Office
- St. Joe Township Trustee’s Office
- Washington Township Trustee’s Office
- Wayne Township Trustee’s Office
- City-Co. Building Information Desk (1st floor)
- Veterans Affairs Office (CCB 1st floor)
- County Commissioners’ Office (CCB 2nd floor)
- Ft. Wayne City Utilities Office (CCB 2nd floor)
- County Human Resources Office (CCB 3rd floor)
- FW-AC Health Dept. (CCB 5th floor)
- Mayor’s Office (CCB 9th floor)