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Uninsured Residents Qualify For Free Medical Prescription Help Under Federal HHS Program

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for the territory to help uninsured residents recovering from Hurricane Maria obtain the critical prescription drugs they need.

A total of 13 pharmacies in the U.S. Virgin Islands currently participate in the program.

“This program provides vital assistance to people without insurance who rely upon certain prescription medicines to protect their health after disasters,” said HHS’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, MD. “I encourage U.S. Virgin Islands residents who can use this assistance to take advantage of it to ensure they have an adequate supply of the medicines they need.”

Individuals needing certain drugs during an emergency can obtain, at no cost to them, a 30-day supply at any of the EPAP participating pharmacies.

Patients can renew their prescriptions every 30 days while the program is active.

In addition, they can use EPAP to replace maintenance prescription medications, certain medical supplies, vaccines, or medical equipment lost as a direct result of the declared emergency.

President Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 21, 2017, due to Hurricane Maria.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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