FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2005
CONTACT: Jonathan Burns (850) 922-5871
**HURRICANE KATRINA INFORMATION SHEET **
Agency for Health Care Administration Makes Prescription Drugs Available for Medicaid Participants Impacted by
~Agency allows for early refill of prescription drugs~
TALLAHASSEE – The Agency for Health Care
Administration (AHCA) announced today Medicaid
participants in the Florida Panhandle will have access
to their prescription medications prior to scheduled
refill dates in preparation for Hurricane Katrina.
Effective immediately, pharmacies will be authorized to
process prescription refills early.
"Now is the time to prepare and Medicaid participants
in the Panhandle should make sure they have enough of
their medication in case refills are not available or
they are unable to reach their local pharmacy,” said
AHCA Secretary Alan Levine.
The counties affected include: Escambia, Santa Rosa,
Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla,
Jefferson, Taylor, Lafayette, Gilchrist, Dixie, Levy,
Holmes, Washington, Calhoun, Jackson, Liberty, Gadsden,
Leon and Jefferson.
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
Medicaid Pharmacy Services is responsible for
managing the $2.4 billion drug program for the Florida
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 30 health
maintenance organizations, and publishes health care
data and statistics.
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