NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the leading kidney disease nonprofit, and Watertree Health, the leading provider of free prescription discount cards benefitting nonprofits year-round, have formed a groundbreaking national alliance to be a lifeline for all people affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The new prescription discount card program benefitting NKF will not only help build awareness of CKD, but will make prescriptions more affordable for people with this life-threatening disease. Each time someone saves money with their prescription discount card benefitting NKF, Watertree Health makes up to a $0.50 donation to the organization—at no cost to the cardholder—to help fund the mission of NKF. The card can save up to 75% on most brand name and generic medications at 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in 10 American adults do not take medication as prescribed due to cost.
"The National Kidney Foundation is pleased to have Watertree Health as a national partner. This alliance furthers our mission to be an invaluable resource to people living with kidney disease and their families," said Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant recipient. "30 million Americans are estimated to have CKD—yet most remain undiagnosed. Together, we can reach those people who are at risk of developing CKD through increased awareness of the disease; and help those already diagnosed who may be struggling to afford necessary prescriptions," added Longino.
Anyone—uninsured or underinsured, NKF supporter, friend, family, etc.—can get this free prescription discount card by going to www.kidney.org, WatertreeHealthCard.com/KidneyRx, or texting KidneyRx to 95577. Additionally, they can look up savings on their kidney medications or other prescriptions at their favorite pharmacy at Wtree.us/SavingsTool/KidneyRx. Healthcare professionals can also order these free cards for their patients.
Watertree Health President, Shane Power said, "We are thrilled to be partnered with the preeminent organization in the field of kidney disease. Sadly, CKD causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. People affected by kidney disease also tend to have other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It's our goal to help ease the financial burden of prescriptions for CKD patients, their friends, and families, and never want cost to be the reason why someone doesn't take their medications as prescribed."
About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit www.kidney.org.
About Kidney Disease
30 million American adults are estimated to have chronic kidney disease—and most aren't aware of it. 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and family history of kidney failure. People of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian or Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk for developing the disease. African Americans are 3 times more likely than Whites, and Hispanics are nearly 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to develop end stage renal disease (kidney failure).
About Watertree Health
Matt Herfield and Ronnie Harris founded Watertree Health to make health care more accessible to everyone. The Company launched a free prescription discount card to address the growing and urgent need for affordable medicines by millions of people. Today, Watertree Health is the leading provider of cards benefitting nonprofits year-round. Visit WatertreeHealth.com to learn more.
SOURCE National Kidney Foundation