MOUNT VERNON — Since 2006, United Way of Knox County’s partnership with the FamilyWize prescription discount program has been saving Knox County residents money on prescription costs.

Program Coordinator Lisa Rutter explained that the free, nationwide program helps individuals with and without prescription coverage save an average of 45 percent on qualifying prescriptions. According to United Way of Knox County’s Health Impact Report, average savings in Knox County are around 38 percent. The program is open to everyone in the community, regardless of usage, age or income limits, according to the United Way website. It fits into United Way of Knox County’s financial stability initiative, Rutter said, because it keeps more money in the pockets of Knox County residents that can be used to put gas in the car or food on the table.

Utilizing the program is simple, Rutter explained, and only requires getting a FamilyWize prescription savings card and showing it to your pharmacist each time you fill a prescription. You can sign up online through FamilyWize.org and print a card or sign up through the app, available through Google Play and the App Store. You can also sign up by calling FamilyWize at 800-222-2818 to have a card mailed to you.

Both the website and the app also allow users to look up their prescriptions and find the lowest prices in the area for them to buy their prescriptions, Rutter said.

According to United Way of Knox County’s Health Impact report, the partnership with FamilyWize has saved Knox County residents over $600,000 in prescription costs since 2006, with around $203,000 of those savings coming from mental health prescription medication. Nearly 4,000 residents of Knox County have utilized the program since 2006, according to the report.

Participating pharmacies in Knox County include Rite Aid, Kroger, CVS, Walmart and Conway’s Eastside Pharmacy. To learn more about the program visit the programs tab of www.uwayknox.org or call United Way of Knox County at 740-397-5721.

 

Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or callan@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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