Showing posts with label Recent College Grads Experience. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recent College Grads Experience. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

FamilyWize’s Five Degrees of Separation

"Can the FamilyWize Program Help Me?” 

That is one of the questions asked frequently by consumers calling in to learn more about the little orange discount card that is FamilyWize.

Many people believe that the program can only be used by those who are uninsured. Good news!  There are so many other predicaments in which the FamilyWize discount prescription card might be able to come to the rescue.
  • My employer offered insurance and I didn’t take it…
  • I’m a Medicaid/Medicare recipient and have medications that aren’t covered… 
  • I turned 26 and was removed from my parent’s insurance…
  • I’m a Medicare recipient and in the "donut hole"…
  • I have a health savings account...
  • I can’t afford my insurance premium but have medications to take…
  • I have a high deductible…
  • I’m a part-time employee/student and not eligible for benefits…

FamilyWize Can Help

Have four legged friends? Fido the dog or Fluffy the cat can benefit from the program if they come under the weather.  As long as the medications are FDA approved, Fido and Fluffy can be up and running in no time.

Even if a person can’t directly benefit from the program, nine out of ten times they know someone who can. They might have parents who have medications that aren’t covered by their insurance plan.  They might have a grandparent who is caught in the Medicare "donut hole."  They might have a sibling who has a health savings account.  They might have a dog that is going through a “ruff” time and needs medication to get back on its feet.

Everybody knows somebody or some doggy. J

Krysta W.


FamilyWize card participating pharmacies
If she ever gets tired of retrieving her pink tennis balls, my dog Mya might have a career as an actress! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

The FamilyWize Fever!

Part of what we do here at FamilyWize is answer calls from consumers.  There is one call in particular that stands out to Amber and David, our team leaders.

A woman from Arizona called in towards the end of the day and spoke with David.  She used the card recently and raved about how well it helped her.  She requested ten FamilyWize cards to be mailed to her so she could give them out.

She called back about an hour later after David had left for the day and spoke with Amber.  The woman said she started to ponder about all of the people in her life who could benefit from the program that were in the same boat as her—uninsured.  She requested 50 cards to give to her relatives in California and 30 cards to give to her boss who is a caseworker.  She shared that she was going to discuss the program with her pastor to see if the 10,000 members of her church could use assistance from FamilyWize as well.

“All it takes is one person to become an advocate,” Amber said.  “This woman is a such a great example. I have been with FamilyWize for almost two and a half years and have spoken with individuals who literally take the cards EVERYWHERE with them, and give to EVERYONE they come in contact with.  Once you see what the cards can do, it’s like you immediately want to share the wealth.”

“We really get all sizes of advocates,” David said.  “Some people can connect with hundreds of friends, relatives, and neighbors who they may see as possibly needing the card.  Other people may only have a small handful of people they see as needing help.  Either way we all know someone who may need help.  Advocating on any scale is a tremendous help to anyone in need.”

One song can spark a moment.  One flower can wake the dream.  One tree can start a forest.  One bird can herald spring.  One FamilyWize advocate can light the pathway to prescription assistance.

Krysta W. 
prescription drug card summer vacation
FamilyWize's pet eagle hanging out in our backyard. Good thing statues don't eat because all we could feed it is discount cards!

Monday, May 14, 2012

If the Tables Were Turned

May 3rd marked my seven month anniversary with FamilyWize.

When I first started working for FamilyWize, I was completely blind in the world of
prescription discount cards.  I was always lucky enough to have parents who both had full-time jobs that provided great health insurance for all three of their kids. I was biased and thought everyone was insured one way or another.

But without the new federal health law that started in 2010, I would have been in need of a FamilyWize card for a handful of months.

The new health law currently allows adult children to be covered by a parent’s health insurance until the age of 26.  Before the new law kicked in, adult children could only stay out their parent’s health insurance until the age of 19 or as long as they were enrolled as a full-time student.  Every year, I used to send my dad’s insurance company my tuition bill as proof that I was still in school and therefore insured.

After graduating from college last May, I didn’t start working at FamilyWize until October.  Even though I started applying for a job months before I graduated, not one of the positions I applied for would consider me because of a quality I lacked—experience.

If the new healthcare law wasn’t in existence today, I would have been uninsured for five months and not able to take the medications I am prescribed.

By working for FamilyWize, I am able to hear about situations people are in every day that poses a road block between them and their medicine:
  • Someone over the age of 26 quits their job and goes back to school full-time
  • Someone is laid off due to the lousy economy; 
  • Someone’s insurance does not include a prescription plan. 

Everyone’s relationship with prescription insurance is different whether it's not ideal or even non-existent.
Facebook often hits the nail on the head with its option to describe a relationship—“it’s complicated.”
Here is to FamilyWize making prescription coverage a little less complicated!

Krysta W.


Monday, April 30, 2012

Working for the FamilyWize.org Family

What’s it like working for FamilyWize? 

Hmmmmm. Well, working period is a privilege in itself. But working for FamilyWize?

Here is a little background: Last May, I was proudly able to hang my Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Media Writing from East Stroudsburg University (ESU) next to my Associates in Liberal Arts from Northampton Community College (NCC).  

I thought by the time I graduated from community college, the field I wanted my career to be in would have targeted and tackled. Not the case. A few inklings were brewing and psychology was one. When I transferred to ESU and started on the psychology track, one of the classes required was quantitative statistics. After I would complete that class, there would be a handful more psychology-based math classes to come. I thought math’s wrath was escaped by completely knocking out all of my general education classes at NCC. After my first semester at ESU, I switched a major I felt comfortable with and had no absolutely no math associated to it—English. After taking a liking to journalism, I interned at a small newspaper in a neighboring town. 

At the same time I was interning, I was volunteering at the local Red Cross. I started covering stories that revolved around community service and non-profit organizations such as fundraisers and ribbon cuttings. I was quickly able to see the amount of energy, dedication, and selflessness those employees and volunteers had for a cause just because they simply care.  It just amazed me. Then, I had a revelation. 

When I was six, I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I was 11, I wanted to be a pediatric nurse. When I was 16, I wanted to be a psychologist. Even after receiving my bachelor’s degree, a microscopic part of me still doesn't know what I want to do. Looking back at all of the careers I had prematurely chosen, I now realize the positions all had one quality in common—to help people.

Working forFamilyWize allows me to help people every single day. By giving cards to family members, friends, and complete strangers; By calling a participating pharmacy to see how the program is going; By working with United Ways to coordinate the program—all that adds up to create an wonderful impact of  helping to reduce the disheartening statistic that more than one out of every five people has no prescription coverage.

pharmacists Rx discount cards
Pathway in Bethlehem, PA - Headquarters of FamilyWize.org
I get to carry on the philosophy that stronger, healthier and happier people make healthier, better communities and a stronger, gentler nation which was molded by FamilyWize’s founders, Dan and Susan Barnes. 

I get to help people. What a better job for me than to work for FamilyWize:)
 
Krysta W.