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Early Prescription Refills Available
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Contact:   Beth Scott
               850/ 413-2515
Tallahassee – With the threat of another hurricane moving through Florida, Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty ordered health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and health insurers in Florida to temporarily suspend their regulations regarding prescription refills.
"This allows the citizens of Florida the ability to obtain an adequate supply of necessary prescription drugs with the threat of evacuations in parts of our state," McCarty said. "Regardless of your refill date, getting those prescriptions filled leaves one less worry for storm-weary citizens of Florida."
This order mirrors an emergency order issued earlier this year in anticipation of Tropical Storm Arlene, and authorizes payments to pharmacies for at least a 30-day supply of medication regardless of the date the last prescription had been refilled. This shall be in effect until September 30, 2005.