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Prescription Drug Discount Card Helps Families Save Money

If you don’t have health insurance, or you must buy medicine not covered by your insurance plan, a discount card being distributed by United Way of Elgin could lower the cost of your medicine by an average 35 percent. United Way of Elgin provides these cards to our community free-of-charge to everyone who needs one. There are no age or income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it, and you don't have to wait to get a card. In fact, you can print this one and use it today.

When you present this card and your prescription to a participating pharmacy, you pay either the discounted or the pharmacy’s retail price, whichever is lower. Your card can be used often as needed. You can also text Family to 700700 to download the card to your mobile device.

"We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people in our community to save on prescription drugs. Too many people have insufficient or no prescription coverage or need medications not covered by their insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits," said Lynne Bosley, President of United Way of Elgin.

Healthcare costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community, and the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards will help individuals and families who otherwise could not afford to buy the medicine they need. One out of every five people in the United States has no prescription coverage.

Living United for better nationwide healthcare

United Way of Elgin has joined with 550 United Ways in all 50 states in lowering the cost of prescription medication for people who need help with their prescription costs. This partnership is saving over $1 million every month with a goal of saving $1 billion by 2015. More than 4 million cards have been distributed and over $179 million have been saved to date. There is more information on the program’s website at, such as a tool to look up drug prices, participating pharmacies, and the option to print additional cards for family, friends, and co-workers.

The FamilyWize cards are accepted at

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology LTD
  • Elgin Pharmacy
  • Medicine Stop of Elgin
  • Meijer Pharmacy
  • Osco Drug
  • Target
  • Walgreens
  • Wal-Mart

How it works

The participating pharmacies in the community have agreed voluntarily to accept the FamilyWize cards and provide these savings to people in need. Two Pennsylvania printers, Independent Graphics of Pittston, PA, and Brown Printing of Bethlehem, PA, have donated the printing for the cards, Fed Ex Express donates the shipping of the cards, and the pharmacy benefit manager provides a portion of the processing to cover the administrative costs. United Way of Elgin is coordinating the distribution of the cards locally.

"We hope everyone in the community will thank their pharmacist, United Way of Elgin, and everyone else involved for the difference they are making in the lives of so many people in the community," said Dan Barnes, Co-Chair, The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.

Additional information about this program is available at United Way of Elgin and online at

About the FamilyWize partnership

The FamilyWize community service partnership was established in 2005 and coordinated by Membership Services Corporation of Lehigh Valley, PA, to reduce the cost of medicine for people who live and work in the Lehigh Valley. We believe that stronger, healthier, and happier people make healthier, better communities and a stronger, gentler nation.

Now, more than ten thousand community and faith-based organizations, county agencies, doctors, pharmacies, companies, and individuals across the country are joined together in this partnership to distribute free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards in their communities, reducing the cost of medicine for people in one out every four counties in the United States. More than 535 participating United Way agencies, America’s Promise Alliance Partners, and individual counties in all 50 states and Puerto Rico have volunteered to coordinate these distribution efforts.

The savings on the cost of the medicine is provided by the more than 53,000 participating local pharmacies that have agreed voluntarily to accept prices for medications that are close to the prices they make available to large insurance companies and employers. All other program costs, including materials, printing, shipping, programming, distribution, reporting, administration, network pharmacy services and customer service are provided by in-kind donations from the program sponsors and by part of the processing fee included in the cost of the medicine.