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Federal Deadline Extended for Emergency Prescription Assistance Program For Uninsured

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CHRISTIANSTED – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for uninsured disaster survivors has been extended through May 15 at the territory’s request.

Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to hurricanes Irma and Maria may be eligible for a free 30-day replacement of certain drugs and medical supplies.

To be eligible, the survivor must have a current prescription. Survivors who have Medicare, Medicaid, or, if the prescription is for a child, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and those with private insurance, such as through an employer, are not eligible.

Many pharmacies in the USVI are participating in the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP). Check with your pharmacy to see if it is part of the program. If you have questions regarding access to care under EPAP call 855-793-7470.

EPAP is managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funded by FEMA.

To learn more about EPAP and the medicines and supplies that can be replaced through this program, visit

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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