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United Way and FamilyWize Partnership Helps Keep Berks Countians Healthier

By United Way Berks

United Way and FamilyWize Partnership Helps Keep Berks Countians Healthier

United Way of Berks County announced local residents have saved $3 million on prescription medications through its partnership with FamilyWize, a national organization focused on improving the health of individuals, families and communities. Through this partnership, the United Way has helped promote the free, easy to use FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, which can be used by anyone: uninsured, insured, and even people with Medicaid or Medicare.

“We know these are challenging times for many individuals and families, and people should never have to choose between putting food on the table or taking their prescription medication,” said Tammy White, president of United Way of Berks County. “We’re pleased to partner with FamilyWize; this program has helped more than 23,600 Berks Countians experience significant savings during the past 15 years.” 

United Way and FamilyWize also announced free flu vaccines are now available to anyone 18 and older who is uninsured and unable to afford the vaccine by calling 211 and requesting a voucher. Qualified individuals can use the voucher to receive a vaccination at Walgreens pharmacy, who is supporting FamilyWize with this initiative. Vaccines are subject to availability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone to receive the flu vaccine to help curb the spread of the virus, especially in the COVID-19 environment.

“Our work with FamilyWize reinforces our commitment to the health and well-being of our community,” added White.  

Additional info on Resources:

211 is a free community resource connecting people to the help they need. Individuals are encouraged to call 211, or text their zip code to 898211, for information and referral, about food, housing, utility assistance, health programs and more. 211 is available 24/7 and is staffed by bilingual call specialists. Individuals can also live chat or search information on a broad range of services at

The use of the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card is unlimited and does not require any personal information from the user and has no eligibility criteria. It is estimated the card lowers the cost of prescription medications by an average of 45% percent for people with and without insurance Most pharmacies accept the FamilyWize card; consumers are encouraged to check with their preferred pharmacy. To access the FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, visit and click on the “get help” section of the menu. Individuals can also download the free FamilyWize app.