UW Helps Community Save $3.1M on Prescriptions

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The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties and FamilyWize announced that local community members have saved three-point-one-million dollars on prescription medications through the organizations' partnership. The results were revealed in their annual Health Impact Report, a compilation of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country.

In May, FamilyWize acknowledged Mental Health Awareness Month by joining the mental health community in their efforts to educate patients on the importance of treatment adherence. FamilyWize commits itself to increasing the public's understanding surrounding mental illness and patients' accessibility to affordable medications. One in six adult Americans is affected by mental health conditions, with 56 percent of adults with mental illness not receiving treatment.

Key community highlights from the Health Impact Report for Rutherford and Cannon Counties include:

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● $1,000,000 savings on prescription mental health medications

● $3,100,000 total savings on all prescription medications

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● 29,000 community members helped

"Rising prescription prices continue to be a major burden for so many in our community, whether their medications are for mental health or another illness. We consider ourselves advocates for individuals struggling with the high costs of mental illness," said Meagan Flippin, CEO and President of United Way. "Our partnership with FamilyWize enables us to address this issue by offering resources to all community members seeking affordable healthcare. The impact we're making is changing lives, and we look forward to helping many more families in the years to come."

"It's heartening to see the far-reaching impact we've achieved through our strong ongoing partnership with United Way," added Dan Barnes, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of FamilyWize. "Together we are reaching millions of Americans, and we will continue working toward our goal of helping to educate people across the United States on ways to significantly lower drug costs and maintain prescription adherence."

FamilyWize is one of the longest-running prescription savings programs in the country and is accepted at most pharmacies nationwide, covering all FDA-approved prescription medications.

FamilyWize is a free program offered by United Way, has no eligibility or registration requirements and provides families and individuals access to affordable prescription medications. Visit www.familywize.org to download their Apple or Android mobile app, print out the discount card or simply learn more about the program. The card is also available at the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties office.

For more information about the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, visit http://www.yourlocaluw.org or call 615-893-7303.

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