Due to the recent flooding, many Louisiana Medicaid recipients are in need of essential medications.

Patients in the affected areas may receive a one-time emergency prescription refill of up to a 30-day supply of a prescribed medication required for health maintenance of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc.

Pharmacists may dispense medications even if the patient is not due for a medication refill at this time. Patients are encouraged to go to their regular pharmacy chain or to bring their empty prescription bottle to the nearest pharmacy.

Individuals with private health care coverage may also receive a one-time emergency refill for maintenance medication.  These individuals should contact their insurance carrier for assistance.

Patients may be responsible for their regular copays.

The Louisiana Department of Health strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state residents. To learn more about LDH, visit www.ldh.la.gov. For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow LDH's Twitter account and Facebook.