United Way to bring free savings card program for prescription drugs

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- New statistics show approximately 50,000 people in Madison County are without coverage for the cost of prescription drugs. That means a lot of people are unable to pay for the prescriptions they need.

Across the nation there has been a rise in the cost of prescription drugs. The local United Way has partnered with Familywize to bring a free program to the community that helps with this problem.

"We can bring it here for no cost to the community at all, and it is a savings card, for individuals that don't have insurance, or even if people have insurance it might be a greater savings then what their plan might offer," said Cathy Miller, United Way Community Impact Director.

The cards are free and for anyone. You can go online to United Way's website and download a free copy of the cards there.  United Way and their partners will also have cards available at their locations. To use the cards, all you have to do is ask if your pharmacy takes the familywize program in order to get the savings.

"Then you give them your card, right there they'll run the savings, it's not a reimbursement program, so right there you'll see the savings, and it's between twenty-five and seventy-five percent," Miller said.

You can also go online to see how much you will save on your particular prescription. Miller said that 80 percent of pharmacies in town will take the program.

"CVS is a national partner with familywize, so we know that CVS pharmacies will take it, and most of the other major pharmacies are also on board," she said.

With the Familywize program, the average cost of savings in Madison County is 41 percent.

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