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Need help paying for meds?
Now, you can just text the word “family” to 700700 to save up to 75% on the cost of your prescription medicine.
“It really is that easy,” said Sarah Kadis, Coordinator of Community Resources of Rappahannock United Way.
When you get a free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card sent to your cell phone by text, just show the text to your pharmacist. They will automatically apply the discount to the cost of your medicine. And you can help everyone you know by forwarding on the information.
“Rappahannock United Way provides free FamilyWize prescription discount cards for everyone in our area, printed cards and, now, electronically as well,” Kadis said. “When 1 out of every 4 people in our community has trouble buying their medicine, we’re looking for all ways possible to make sure every person in our community gets the free help provided by these cards.”
There are still more than 80 million people in the United States, in every community, large and small, that have no health insurance or who 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.”
Rappahannock United Way and FamilyWize have already saved people living and working in our community more than $178,000 on the cost of their medicine.