|Savings from FamilyWize in Allen County Reaches New Level|
The FamilyWize program in Allen County has reached a new level in saving residents money on their prescription drugs.
Allen Countians have saved $62,995 since the FamilyWize card has been available locally. Only two other counties in Indiana – St. Joseph ($88,250) and Madison ($64,685) – have realized greater savings.
576 claims were filed by Allen County residents in August, 56 fewer than in July. But the amount of money saved was almost equal -- $13,604 in August compared to $13,700 in July. The average amount saved on a prescription in August was 37 percent, or $23.61.
FamilyWize cards are primarily for people with no health insurance or prescription coverage. However, they can also be used when people have to buy medicine not covered by their health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or VA benefits.
Most local pharmacies accept the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. The cards have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms, and can be used immediately.
The Allen County Commissioners office began a partnership with the United Way of Allen County in March of this year to help publicize the program and distribute cards into the community.
FamilyWize cards can be obtained from a variety of participating local partner agencies, municipal and county agencies and departments. People with Internet access can go to www.allencounty.us and click on Community Links to find the FamilyWize website link. There they can print a card, look up drug prices and get a list of participating pharmacies.