United Way of Deschutes County and FamilyWize Help Local Community Save $513,000 on Prescription Medications
Health Impact Report reveals partnership has helped 3,122 Deschutes County community members in both physical and mental health
United Way of Deschutes County and FamilyWize announced today that local members have saved $173,916 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results were revealed in their annual Health Impact Report, a compilation of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country.
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 Deschutes County include:
- $173,916 savings on prescription mental health medications
- $513,000 total savings on all prescription medications
- 3,122 community members helped
“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 Ken Wilhelm, Executive Director United Way Deschutes County. “Our partnership with FamilyWize enables us to address this issue by offering abundant resources to all community members seeking affordable healthcare. The impact we’re making is changing lives, and we look forward to supporting many more families in the years to come.”
“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 the United Way of Deschutes County Office."
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.