In the disaster-stricken areas of southeast Louisiana, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering a program to pay for prescription medication for people without health insurance who were affected by the flood.
At no cost to them, the uninsured patients can obtain a 30-day supply of their prescription drugs at pharmacies participating in the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program. Patients can renew their prescriptions every 30 day as long as the program is still activated.
Sammy Parrino was alone for about an hour in his house as the flood waters pooled around his feet.
The program can also be used to replace medical supplies, vaccines or medical equipment lost while evacuating during the flood.
“I visited today with people whose health conditions could easily be worsened by the major flooding in Louisiana. Many of the people I talked with in shelters, like many others in the impacted area, routinely depend upon medicines to keep their chronic conditions in check,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response in a statement. “I encourage people to take advantage of this program and to take the medicines you need to stay healthy during this disaster.”
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Uninsured residents can also call Express Scripts, 855-793-7470, to learn if their medication or medical equipment is covered by the federal program.