United Way of Southeast Alaska saves uninsured $6,730.28

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009

JUNEAU - Through a partnership with FamilyWize, United Way of Southeast Alaska has been distributing prescription drug discount cards to Southeast Alaska residents who do not currently have prescription drug insurance for the past year.

Since the program began, 464 claims have been made in Juneau and Ketchikan. Alaska's total was 499 so the majority of all claims have been in Southeast where United Way of Southeast Alaska was the first to initiate the program. The pharmaceuticals purchased totaled $18,636.74, but the submitted fees were $25,397.02, meaning residents saved $6,730.28 that could be used to pay rent, buy food and other necessities.

Cards are available through United Way of Southeast Alaska, through any participating pharmacy, at any Alaskan Health Fair, at Front Street Clinic in Juneau, AWARE shelter in Juneau, SAIL, Catholic Community Service and the Glory Hole in Juneau. In Ketchikan they are available through SAIL, United Way of Southeast Alaska's Associate Director Becky Irish, or by printing the card off the internet. People with Internet access can print a card by visiting the website at www.FamilyWize.com as well as look up drug prices and the list of participating pharmacies.

Most large pharmacies in the United States accept these prescription drug discount cards. They have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms, and can be used immediately to reduce the cost of medicine for anyone that has no prescription drug coverage.

The cards are being distributed free of charge, courtesy of United Way of Southeast Alaska, and more than 425 other United Way agencies around the country.

Pharmacies in Juneau that participate in the program are Costco, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Juneau Medical Clinic, Foodland and Fred Meyers. Pharmacies in Ketchikan are the Ketchikan Indian Community and Downtown Drug Store.

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