Thursday, August 02, 2007
Prescription Cards
The United Way of Delaware (UWD) has announced that nearly 12,000 free FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards are now available at pharmacies throughout Delaware to help people who do not have prescription coverage lower the cost of their medicines by an average of 20%. Cards are also available by calling the United Way at 302-573-3700 or they are available for printing online at The site also lists participating pharmacies and drug prices. Most pharmacies in Delaware accept FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards. The cards have no usage or age limits, income requirements or registration forms, and can be used immediately to reduce the cost of medicine for anyone who does not have prescription drug coverage. The cards are being distributed free of charge, courtesy of UWD. The program is part of an in-kind donation by Membership Services Corporation of Lehigh Valley, Pa., and its partners. "More than 105,000 Delawareans have insufficient or no prescription drug coverage," said Drew Langloh, president of United Way of Delaware. "Healthcare costs are one of the top concerns for people in our community, and the FamilyWize discount prescription drug cards will help families who otherwise could not afford much needed prescription drugs," he added. For more information, contact the United Way of Delaware at 302-573-3700 or visit

Diabetes Care
Delaware ranks second in the nation for diabetes care, according to a federal report released in June. The State Snapshots report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides state comparisons in treatment, quality of care, and health care spending for diabetes. Delaware ranked first in the nation for high-risk adult diabetics who had a flu shot in the past year.

Data shows that the state is closing the gap in disparities between low income Delawareans ($15,000 or less) with diabetes receiving quarterly A1C blood sugar testing compared to higher income individuals ($50,000 or more). According to the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, nearly 53,000 Delawareans age 18 or older have been diagnosed with diabetes. If not controlled, diabetes can lead to blindness, lower limb amputation, kidney failure, heart disease and even death. AHRQ's annual State Snapshots is based on information from more than 30 sources, including health care facilities, government surveys and health care organizations. To access State Snapshots, visit For more information, contact the Division of Public Health's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at 302-744-1020.

Carney accepts award
Lt. Governor John Carney received the Robert J. Berndt Humanitarian of the Year award recently from the Governor's Advisory Council to the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. The award recognizes Lt. Governor Carney's efforts to raise awareness about mental health issues across the state, particularly in his role as chair of the Delaware Health Care Commission. Lt. Governor Carney has made mental health a priority for the Delaware Health Care Commission. As chair, he established the Committee on Mental Health Issues to analyze the problems associated with mental illness in Delaware and provide recommendations to improve treatment options.