United Way Helps Families Cover Prescription

United Way Helps Families Cover Prescription

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 the Mark Twain Area could lower the cost of your medicine by an average of 35%. United Way of the Mark Twain Area provides these cards to our community free of charge to everyone who needs one. There are no age restrictions, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it and no waiting to get a card. In fact, you can cut this one out and use it today.
"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 Louise Lemen, Executive Director of the United Way of the Mark Twain Area".

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.

United Way of the Mark Twain Area 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 $100 million over the next 5 years. More than 4 million cards have been distributed and over $7 million has been saved to date. There is more information on the program's website at WWW.FAMILYWIZE.ORG , such as a tool to look up drug prices, participating pharmacies and print additional cards for family, friends and co-workers.

Most pharmacies here and throughout the United States accept the FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards

"It's truly amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together. So many people and organizations have joined together to make this possible, " Lemen said.

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 the Mark Twain Area is coordinating the distribution of the cards locally.

"We hope everyone in the community will thank their pharmacist, United Way of the Mark Twain Area, 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 the Mark Twain Area (573) 221-2761, www.unitedwayNEMO.org and online at www.FamilyWize.org.

United Way of the Mark Twain Area is a fund raising organization for human service agencies in Missouri counties - Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Lewis, and Shelby. Our mission is "To increase the capacity for people to care for one another." This is accomplished through a myriad of community programs and activities and hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers that lend their time and talents to the United Way each year.


The FamilyWize community service partnership was established in 2005 and coordinated by Membership Services Corporation of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania 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. For more information visit www.FamilyWize.org.

One Stop Assistance

An effort to streamline assistance for those affected by the March 12 tornadoes that hit our area is now in place. Americorps volunteers have set up shop at the Monroe City Senior Center and will he available to answer all questions and direct residents and business owners through the process, Monday through Friday 9 A.M. 5 P.M. They can also be reached by phone at 573-819-7374. Information is available on where to turn for all types of assistance and who can provide the assistance. Additionally volunteer groups and individuals wishing to aid in the clean-up process are asked to go to call ahead (573-819-7374) receive work place assignments. This is to assure that volunteers are able to be utilized where help is most needed.

The effort is an outgrowth of weekly meetings of city and county officials, service providers, FEMA representatives, Northeast Missouri Unmet Needs Committee, University of Missouri Extension, and concerned citizens. City Administrator Jim Burns sited a need for a clearing house for work groups as well as a location to get information on assistance.

Also people need to know that there are critical dates and time frames for certain types of assistance. The Salvation Army will be distributing boxed food and cleaning supplies at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Monroe City through March 31. Also those receiving assistance through the Division of Family Services should contact caseworkers before March 31 to replace food stamps.

Registering with FEMA is critical for everyone. Your tax dollars are at work through the FEMA program but individuals and business must be registered. This can be accomplished by calling 1-800-621-3362 or at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Paris, Mo. Transportation to the center can be arranged through the Americorps volunteers at the Monroe City Senior Center site or by calling 573-819-7374.

Intake for the NEMO Unmet Needs Committee will also be available at the Senior Center. This group is in place to work with residents and business in the long term recovery process.

Randolph County Residents with losses should register with FEMA and call the Salvation Army (660-263-0094) and the Red Cross (660-263-1763) for immediate emergency assistance.

Monroe, Marion, Rails & Shelby residents affected by the recent tornadoes are urged to call 573-819-7374 or visit the Senior Center in Monroe City for a private consultation with Americorps and locally trained volunteers.