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U.S. Dept. of Health activates free prescription med program in P.R.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced it has activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for Puerto Rico to give residents access to the critical prescription medications they need.

The program pays for prescription medications for people without health insurance who are affected by disasters — the ongoing earthquakes and aftershocks in Puerto Rico’s case.

“When a disaster strikes, medications can get lost or damaged, putting people’s health and well-being at risk and straining local healthcare systems. HHS is here to help,” said HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec. “I encourage uninsured residents in Puerto Rico to take advantage of this vital prescription program.”

At no cost to uninsured patients, those needing certain prescription medications, medical supplies, vaccinations, and some forms of medical equipment during an emergency can obtain a 30-day supply at any of the EPAP participating pharmacies.

list of the eligible products is available online. Patients can renew their prescriptions every 30 days while the EPAP is active.

Patients can also use the program to replace many prescription drugs, specific medical supplies, vaccines or medical equipment lost as a direct result of the declared emergency or as a secondary result of loss or damage caused while in transit from the emergency site to the designated shelter facility.

EPAP provides an efficient mechanism for enrolled pharmacies to process claims for prescription medication, specific medical supplies, vaccines and some forms of durable medical equipment for eligible individuals in a federally identified disaster area.

More than 750 pharmacies in Puerto Rico participate in EPAP.

Uninsured Puerto Rico residents affected by the earthquakes can call Express Scripts, 855-793-7470, to learn if their medication or specific DME is covered by EPAP and to find a participating pharmacy.

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