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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2004 
CONTACT: Kim Reed (850) 922-5871

Medicaid Recipients can Continue to Refill Medications Early

~Agency will continue to refill prescriptions early in preparation for Hurricane Ivan~

TALLAHASSEE - The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is urging Medicaid recipients, including those in Health Maintenance Organizations, to fill their prescription medications prior to scheduled refill dates in preparation for Hurricane Ivan. Pharmacies are authorized to process prescription refills early.

AHCA Secretary Alan Levine said, “Again, AHCA is encouraging every Medicaid recipient to pay close attention to their medical needs by checking their prescriptions and getting refills early, if needed.”

Beneficiaries should pay particular attention to prescriptions they are using to treat chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart conditions, to assure they are not without these important maintenance medications.

In general, all maintenance medications should be refilled; however, some refills will need to be authorized on a case-by-case basis. Pharmacies are also encouraged to be flexible when evaluating a recipient’s refill request.

Working to improve access to affordable, quality health care to all Floridians, the state Agency for Health Care Administration administers Florida's $14 billion Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 32,000 health care facilities and 28 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics.

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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