Federal help for uninsured residents needing prescriptions
BATON ROUGE – Federal health officials announced Wednesday that the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program has been activated for the areas affected by last week’s historic flooding.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program pays for prescription medications for anyone without health insurance who was affected by disasters.
“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. “I encourage people to take advantage of this program and to take the medicines you need to stay healthy during this disaster.”
Anyone who needs certain drugs during an emergency can obtain a free, 30-day supply at any EPAP participating pharmacy. Residents can find a list of eligible drugs here. Patients can renew their prescription every 30 days while the EPAP is active.
More than 72,000 pharmacies across the United States participate in EPAP. You can find a searchable list of those pharmacies here.
Uninsured residents can call 855-793-7470 to see if their medication or equipment is covered by EPAP or to find a participating pharmacy.