Take Charge Thursday: Saving money on prescription drugs

The cost of healthcare is a hot-button topic since the recession hit in 2008, but United Way has a way to alleviate some of the financial burden.

With a United Way prescription drug card people can save up to 30-percent on prescription drug costs.

“We can distribute to anyone and everyone in actually a five county area,” said Karen Sommers, United Way of St. Joseph County Vice President of Community Investment. The cards look like individual business cards but have the potential to save a person money.

Sommers said the cards are free of charge and all pharmacies can use them. United Way worldwide is contracted with a company called Family Wize, which allows them to get prescription medicines at reduced costs.

“It's just a great benefit especially if you don't have insurance, and or sometimes we find if you do have an insurance card it's a little cheaper than using your own insurance benefit ,” added Sommers.

The prescription drug card program has been around for about five years now, Sommers says the best way to get your hands on one is to call 2-1-1.

United Way tracks the savings and reported some $750,000 in savings in 2012, which translates to millions of dollars saved since the program began five years ago. Between the website and calls to the 2-1-1 center, United Way services about 40,000 people.

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