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Letter: Prescription discount cards help people manage their health

To the Editor:

Across the nation, United Ways and FamilyWize partner to offer prescription assistance through the distribution of free savings cards and a national education campaign. The mission is to help millions of people to receive the medicine they need and ultimately ensure affordable prescriptions are accessible to all.

The national goal is to provide $1 billion in prescription savings. Locally, 4,278 people already have directly benefited from this program and have collectively saved $47,535.

The consequences of skipping medications can be devastating from disease progression to large medical bills and bankruptcy, which is why making prescriptions affordable and accessible for families is a top priority for United Way.

Dan Barnes, president and CEO of FamilyWize states, “The FamilyWize card is the primary prescription benefit for millions without health insurance and a critical backup benefit for the underinsured when medicine isn’t covered by their health plan—which, sadly, statistics show the majority of American families struggle to pay for prescriptions. Without prescription assistance, families are left making difficult decisions between getting medications and buying food. The United Way national partnership will mean we can reach deep into communities across the country to help tens of millions of people afford the medications they need and deserve.”

Discounts range from 40 to as much as 75 percent per prescription.

The FamilyWize card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including Walgreens, Target, Walmart and local privately owned pharmacies. Visit to determine if your pharmacy participates in the FamilyWize program, compare discounts at nearby pharmacies or to learn more.

Do you have your card? Get your free FamilyWize prescription discount card by texting “Family” to 700700, download it from United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties’ new website or stop by our office at 413 W. Third St., Red Wing.

Discount cards can be shared with family and friends. Together, we can help people obtain the prescriptions they need to manage their health.

Laura Sand Prink

Red Wing

Laura Prink is the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties community impact manager.