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Partnership saved Santa Rosa residents hundreds of thousands in prescription drugs

"This week, United Way of Santa Rosa County and FamilyWize announced that 4,645 Santa Rosa residents saved a combined total of $156,831 on prescription medications and supplies last year.

The organizations’ partnership made the savings possible. FamilyWize facilitates the discounts and tracks data reflecting the health and financial support offered locally and nationally through its United Way joint community initiatives.

To date, over 1,000 United Ways collaborate with FamilyWize to help over 10 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of 43 percent since the partnership began in 2005.

“All too often we see families struggling to stay healthy due to the high cost of their prescription medications,” said Debra Baez, director of campaigns for UWSR. “Partnering with FamilyWize allows us to offer free resources to Santa Rosa for managing their finances and improving their families’ quality of life. It’s encouraging to see the total impact our partnership yielded in 2016 and we look forward to supporting more county residents this year. Our challenge is getting folks to understand that this free and confidential program is for everyone, with or without insurance. To join in, simply obtain the free discount card and hand it to your pharmacist.”

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