ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for uninsured disaster survivors has been extended through May 15 at the territory’s request.
Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to hurricanes Irma and Maria may be eligible for a free 30-day replacement of certain drugs and medical supplies
To be eligible, the survivor must have a current prescription. Survivors who have Medicare, Medicaid, or, if the prescription is for a child, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and those with private insurance, such as through an employer, are not eligible.
Many pharmacies in the USVI are participating in the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP). Check with your pharmacy to see if it is part of the program. If you have questions regarding access to care under EPAP call 855-793-7470.
EPAP is managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funded by FEMA.
To learn more about EPAP and the medicines and supplies that can be replaced through this program, visit www.phe.gov/epap.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the principal federal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leads HHS in preparing the nation to respond to and recover from adverse health effects of emergencies, supporting communities’ ability to withstand adversity, strengthening health and response systems, and enhancing national health security.
To learn more about ASPR and preparedness, response and recovery from the health impacts of disasters, visit the HHS public health and medical emergency website, www.phe.gov
FEMA’s mission is to support people before, during, and after disasters.