Hurricane Irma: Early prescription refills will be allowed
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Wednesday issued an emergency order statewide requiring health insurers refill prescriptions early, alleviating one worry for residents so they will not be without critical medications.
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Wednesday issued an emergency order statewide requiring health insurers refill prescriptions early, alleviating one worry for residents so they will not be without critical medications. The order is allowed when a state of emergency has been declared, and it remains in effect until it is rescinded or expired, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. The order has no expiration date. Specifically, the early prescription order suspends any "refill to early" rules and authorizes payments to pharmacies for at least a 30-day supply, regardless of the date of the last refill. CVS Pharmacy is encouraging all patients to take care of their prescription needs before the storm and by using the automated notification system, says CVS spokeswoman Stephanie Cunha. "Patients who live in areas that are expected to be affected by the storm, and who have opted in to CVS Pharmacy’s automated notification programs, may receive automated phone calls, text messages, and mobile app notifications, depending on the status of their current prescriptions," she says. "These messages can help patients in several ways, including letting them know when their prescription is ready to be picked up, reminding them that their prescription is ready to be refilled, and informing patients where they can pick up their medications during emergency situations," adds Cunha.