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FamilyWize prescription cards can be picked up at the United Way of Hall County’s office at 527 Oak St. in Gainesville. They can also be printed from the company’s website. Interested parties can visit the site for more information and to find participating pharmacy locations.

For some families without medical insurance, going to the doctor is just half the financial battle of getting well.

The other half is trying to figure out how to pay for prescribed medications.

To help reduce the cost of medicine for families without prescription drug coverage, United Way of Hall County has partnered with FamilyWize, a prescription discount-card provider. With the card, families can save up to 30 percent off the price of
prescription drugs.

“One of the focus areas of the United Way of Hall County is health,” said Jackie Wallace, United Way president.

“Obviously, having access to medications is a very important part of being healthy.”

The partnership is a natural one for United Way.

“Our mission is to unite people, organizations and resources to improve live lives,” Wallace said. “This (partnership) is a great way to
demonstrate that mission.”

FamilyWize has a national network of more than 55,000 participating pharmacies, including dozens in Hall County and surrounding areas. At these locations, the card can help lower the costs for most prescriptions, with the greatest discounts applied to generic brands.

Because the retail price for medications can vary between pharmacies, discount amounts may not be the same at every location. Also, if the pharmacy’s price for the drug is lower than what is offered by FamilyWize, the customer would pay the lower price.

While the card may be used for medications not covered by an individual’s medical insurance, it can not be used to lower a patient’s prescription co-pay.

To participate, individuals can pick up a free card from the United Way offices at 527 Oak Street in Gainesville or print from the FamilyWize website.

“We have also distributed cards to a number of pharmacies in the community,” Wallace said.

“So patients can request a card at their (local) pharmacy to see if they have any available.”

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