Boost Your Emergency Supply Of Prescribed Medications

March 10, 2020

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Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency yesterday to free up resources and relax restrictions to help the state battle coronavirus (COVID-19) as 18 Floridians and one non-resident have been diagnosed with coronavirus as well as two people dying from it. Federal health officials are recommending people acquire a several-week supply of the prescription drugs they routinely take for chronic conditions. Health officials recommend having a three-month supply on hand. However this can be tricky when it comes to insurance. Most insurance companies have rigid schedules for authorizing refills. Typically, that means if you have say, a one-month supply you can't refill it until the 24th day, or if you have a 90-day supply you can't refill it until the 85th or even 88th day. And while some insurance companies are relaxing their refill restrictions, it can be difficult dealing with them. But don't be afraid to ask for help.  Your pharmacist can be an advocate.  They routinely deal with insurance companies.  You can also reach out to your primary care physician and ask about increasing your regular one-month supply of medication to three months.

SOURCE: NPR

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