What you should know if Hurricane Harvey has interrupted your health care plan

As our thoughts turn to southeast Texas and to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding, we would like to share some important health care updates for affected families.

As the result of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster declaration for select counties in the areas affected, the Texas Department of Insurance has issued guidance to health insurers. The guidance waives out-of-network penalties and restrictions for patients who live in the counties covered by the disaster declaration; extends claim-filing deadlines for providers; and waives preauthorization, referrals, notification of hospital admissions and medical-necessity reviews for enrollees. This guidance is, in part, to allow those who have been forced to evacuate their homes and relocate to be able to access appropriate health care services. If you are having trouble accessing health care or need to find a provider, as always you are encouraged to contact our Patient Navigation Center.

Again, our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating tragedy.

An important resource for everyone in need of life-saving medicines

Healthcare Ready has activated its free, interactive RxOpen map to show open and closed pharmacies in the region affected by Hurricane Harvey. Citizens and first responders are encouraged to use this map as an initial resource, and to call their pharmacy to ensure their specific medication is in stock.

Healthcare Ready is an independent emergency response and relief organization established after Hurricane Katrina. Healthcare Ready, created by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), has been working with PhRMA companies, health care providers, transportation providers, federal, state and local governments, and many others to identify critical needs in the regions affected by disasters. Team members are working nearly around-the-clock to help the pharmaceutical industry provide relief to people in need. 

Real-time updates can be found by following Healthcare Ready on Twitter at @HC_Ready.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Healthcare Ready is coordinating with officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal, state and local agencies. Healthcare Ready helps citizens gain ready to the medicines they need following the hurricane and related flooding.  

Photo credit: Interstate 45 in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. REUTERS/Richard Carson

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