ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for disaster survivors who have no prescription insurance coverage has been extended through June 15.
"This program provides vital assistance to people without insurance who rely upon certain prescription medicines to protect their health after disasters," said Dr. Robert Kadlec, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. "I encourage U.S. Virgin Islanders who can use this assistance to take advantage of it to ensure they have an adequate supply of the medicines they need.”
To be eligible for a free 30-day replacement of certain drugs and medical supplies through the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP), the survivor must have a current prescription. Survivors who have Medicare or Medicaid, as well as those with private insurance or prescriptions covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, are not eligible.
In addition to covered medications and vaccines, survivors can use EPAP to replace certain medical supplies or equipment lost as a result of last summer’s hurricanes.
Check with your pharmacy to see if it is participating in EPAP. If you have questions about the program, call 855-793-7470. To learn more about EPAP, visit www.phe.gov/epap.
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FEMA’s mission is to support people before, during, and after disasters.
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