Monday, August 20, 2012

One Text Message Can Save You Money on Your Medicine!

Now, you can text the word “family” to 700700 to save up to 75% on the cost of your prescription medicine and get a free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card sent to your cell phone by text. Then simply show the text to your pharmacist and they will automatically apply the FamilyWize discount to the cost of your medicine. And you can help everyone you know by forwarding on the information.

By using FamilyWize, consumers can get medication prices close to those offered to large insurance companies and employers. Anyone can use the card, regardless of age, income, or employment level. While those who do not have health insurance will receive the biggest discount, others can also benefit. The FamilyWize card does not reduce the cost of medications for which you have a copay, but it may reduce the cost of medications not covered by your insurance.

There are still more than 80 million people in the United States, in every community, large and small, that have no health insurance or need help to buy prescription medicine not covered by their health plan. “Technology makes it possible for us to help a lot more people, much more quickly.” said Dan Barnes, Chief Executive and Co-Chair of FamilyWize. “It’s really incredible how cell phones, the Internet, Facebook and Twitter can make getting help so much easier and faster.”

You can also get a free FamilyWize card with a click of a mouse at or the new FamilyWize facebook page at

Middlesex United Way and FamilyWize have already saved people living and working in Middlesex County more than $200,000 since 2009 on the cost of their medicine. You can help spread the word by informing your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about this important and completely free assistance that can help struggling families meet the costs of living.

Middlesex United Way is advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, income, health and housing – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. You are invited to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering. That’s what it means to Live United.

Middlesex United Way is a locally-based organization serving the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in the fall of 2005 to help people get the medicine they need.. Today, more than 1,000 participating United Ways and America’s Promise Alliance Partners in all 50 states coordinate the local distribution of the free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards which lower the cost of medicine by up to 75% and  make it more affordable.. By April 2012, the free FamilyWize cards have helped more than 4 million people save over $345 million. For more information, visit

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