HHS Activates Aid for Uninsured Californians in Need of Meds

Uninsured citizens in California’s Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications lost or damaged by the current wildfires in those counties. This relief comes from the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP), managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). “EPAP provides vital assistance to people without insurance who rely upon certain prescription medicines and equipment to protect their health after disasters,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, M.D. “I encourage citizens in impacted areas of California who qualify for this assistance to take advantage of it.” At no cost to uninsured patients, those needing certain prescription medications during an emergency can obtain a 30-day supply at any EPAP participating pharmacy through Dec. 31, 2018. Most prescription drugs are covered under the program. Uninsured patients also may use EPAP to replace specific medical supplies or medical equipment, such as canes and walkers, damaged or lost as a direct result of the wildfires or as a secondary result of loss or damage caused while in transit to an emergency shelter. More than 72,000 pharmacies participate nationwide, including more than 200 in California. EPAP provides an efficient mechanism for enrolled pharmacies to process claims for prescription medicatio [...]

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