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John McMillin: Local United way teams up with FamilyWize

John McMillin • Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM

A partnership between FamilyWize and United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland has helped more than 21,000 community members save more than $3.1 million.

UWWUC and FamilyWize are happy to report that local residents have saved more than $1.4 million on prescription heart disease, diabetes and mental health medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results come as United Way and FamilyWize launch a new aggressive, data-driven chapter in its joint community initiatives across the country.

Using targeted data reports created by FamilyWize, local United Ways can now better evaluate what assistance their communities need most, rather than trying to piece together a story using only national-level and state-level reporting.

Key community highlights from the data report for our service area include:

• $411,693 savings on prescription heart disease and diabetes medications.

• $989,389 savings on prescription mental health medications.

• 10,748 total community members helped.

The FamilyWize program is free and saved participants an average of around 40 percent off of their prescription medications in 2016. 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 familywize.org, download the Apple or Android mobile app or print out the card. The card is also available at the UWWUC.

Nearly 1,000 United Ways have collaborated with FamilyWize to help more than 10 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of around 40 percent since the partnership began.

Individuals and families in our community continue to struggle to stay healthy due to the high cost of their prescription medications. Our partnership with FamilyWize, and the new insight within the data reports, have allowed us to offer resources to our community members for accessing more affordable healthcare, especially in the heart disease, diabetes and mental health therapy areas. The impact we’re making is changing lives, and we look forward to supporting many more families in the years to come.

“We are proudly launching a new chapter of our strong partnership with United Way,” said Dan Barnes, executive chairman and co-founder of FamilyWize. “The first step in helping our communities is knowing as much as we can about the families and individuals who live there. Through this localized research we are reaching millions of Americans, all of whom are searching for ways to afford their medicine in this difficult health care landscape.”

For more information about UWWUC visit givetouwwc.org or call 615-443-1871. Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped more than 10 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on prescription medications. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription medications, which it then passes on in full to patients. FamilyWize partners with some of the most respected community groups and health care providers in the country, including United Way Worldwide, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, and American Heart Association, among thousands of other community organizations. To use FamilyWize, download the app at familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/get-your- free-card.

John McMillin is president of United Way of Wilson County and the Upper Cumberland. Email him at john@givetouwwc.org.

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