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Char-Em United Way Helps Families Cover Prescription Costs

Local Savings Exceed $1,250,000

Char-Em United Way and FamilyWize are proud to announce that their partnership has saved over 9,250 residents of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties more than a million dollars on everyday prescription costs. The free FamilyWize drug discount card is distributed by Char-Em United Way. “No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions. That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to everyone in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties”, states Lorraine Manary, CEO of Char-Em United Way.

Distributed through United Ways, the FamilyWize card can lower the cost of medicine up to 75% for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Lowering the cost of medication enables more people to get the medicine they need and increases patient adherence. Taking medication as prescribed reduces illness, complications, disease progression, and related healthcare costs. These reduced costs to the patient, the family, the employer and the community are far greater than the cost of the medicine.

FamilyWize prescription discount card will still be needed by millions of people across the country with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prescription benefits have not been well defined under the Essential Health Benefits portion of the ACA and they will vary based on the state, exchanges and insurance plans. Everyone is encouraged to carry a FamilyWize card as backup and always ask the pharmacy to compare prices in order to get the most affordable medications.

These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare. It’s easy.  It’s just like a coupon you can keep using every time you need to fill a prescription.  All you have to do is present a FamilyWize card at a local pharmacy to get the savings. They have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms, and can be used immediately.

The easiest way to obtain a card is to visit You can print a card, look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies. Local businesses and employers can also get cards to give to their employees. For residents without internet access FamilyWize cards can be obtained from the Department of Human Services, Friendship Centers of Emmet Co., Petoskey and Charlevoix Public Libraries, Manna Food Project,  or by calling United Way at 487-1006.

For more information, contact United Way at 231-487-1006 or