United Way and FamilyWize

United Way of Pierce County and FamilyWize Help Local Community Save $1.3 million on Prescription Medications--Health Impact Report reveals partnership has helped 11,000 Pierce County community members in both physical and mental health

TACOMA, WAUnited Way of Pierce County and FamilyWize announced today that local 11,000 community members have saved $1.3 million on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership in Pierce County. The results were revealed in the FamilyWize annual Health Impact Report, a compilation of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way, among others and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country.

United Way of Pierce County operates South Sound 2-1-1 (2-1-1), a comprehensive information and referral line serving Pierce, Lewis and Thurston County to connect people with essential health and human services. South Sound 2-1-1 navigators also assist callers with mental health navigation, dental care, health care programs—which includes information about the FamilyWize program. South Sound 2-11 also has specialists in the area of mental health, transportation, food access, and housing; the most frequent contacts are for utilities, rent, shelter and legal assistance.

In May, FamilyWize acknowledged Mental Health Awareness Month by joining the mental health community in their efforts to educate patients on the importance of treatment adherence. FamilyWize commits itself to increasing the public’s understanding surrounding mental illness and patients’ accessibility to affordable medications. One in six adult Americans are affected by mental health conditions, with 56 percent of adults with mental illness not receiving treatment. 

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

●     $1.3 million savings on prescription medications

●     $41% average savings on prescription medications

●     $392,000 savings on mental health prescription medications

“Rising prescription prices continue to be a major burden for individuals and families in our community, whether their medications are for mental health or another chronic illness. We consider ourselves advocates for individuals struggling with the high costs of mental illness,” said Dona Ponepinto, President and CEO, United Way of Pierce County. “Our partnership with FamilyWize enables us to address this issue by offering resources to all community members seeking affordable healthcare. The impact we’re making along with our community partners, is changing lives and we look forward to supporting many more families in the years to come.”

Ponepinto adds, “As we gain momentum toward our goal of lifting 15,000 households out of poverty in Pierce County by 2028, through 2-1-1 we will ensure that more local individuals and families navigate the increasingly complex array of human services.”

“It’s heartening to see the far-reaching impact we’ve achieved through our strong ongoing partnership with United Way,” added Dan Barnes, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of FamilyWize. “Together we are reaching millions of Americans and we will continue working toward our goal of helping to educate people across the United States on ways to significantly lower drug costs and maintain prescription adherence.”                                                    

FamilyWize is one of the longest running prescription savings programs in the country and is accepted at most pharmacies nationwide, covering all FDA-approved prescription medications.

Over 1,000 United Ways have collaborated with FamilyWize to help over 11 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of 45 percent since the partnership began.

The FamilyWize program is free, has no eligibility or registration requirements, and provides families and individuals access to affordable prescription medications. Visit www.familywize.org to download their Apple or Android mobile app, print out the discount card, or simply learn more about the program. The card is also available at South Sound 2-1-1 and the Pierce County reports are available online at http://www.uwpc.org/familywize.

For more information about United Way of Pierce County, visit uwpc.org or call 253-272-4263

About FamilyWize

Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped over 11 million Americans live healthier lives by saving them more than $1 billion on life-saving prescription drugs. By aggregating large groups of patients, FamilyWize advocates and negotiates for deep discounts on prescription drugs 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 our card or mobile app at https://familywize.org/free-prescription-discount- card.

 About United Way: United Way of Pierce County has a bold goal to lift 15,000 households out of poverty and into financial stability by 2028. We will achieve this by mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals, to make a long-term measurable difference in our community. Together, we are creating a stronger community. To learn more or to join our fight against poverty in Pierce County, visit www.uwpc.org.

Local Media Contact: Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing & Communications                   

Telephone: 253.284.2549 E-mail: katheriner@uwpc.org

FamilyWize Press Contact

Leigh Minnier, Vice President Gregory FCA
610-228-2108 leigh@gregoryfca.com 

Company Contact
Mike Carollo, Director of Marketing, FamilyWize
215-805-4941 mcarollo@familywize.org