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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Who is eligible for assistance under EPAP?

The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) was created to help people who don’t have health insurance continue to use certain prescription drugs, specific medical supplies, vaccines and certain medical equipment, including canes, walkers, wheelchairs and crutches.  If you have health insurance, such as an individual health insurance policy or employer-sponsored coverage, public insurance, such as Medicare, Medicaid, or other third party coverage, are you are not eligible to receive assistance under EPAP.

Eligible patients will can replace certain prescription drugs, specific medical supplies, vaccines and certain medical equipment if they were:

  • lost it during a disaster
  • not refilled before to a disaster
  • lost your while evacuating or at an evacuation location
  • lost as the direct result of the disaster

Patients will receive an initial 30-day supply of most prescription drugs or specific medical suppliesPrescriptions may be renewed every 30 days for as long as EPAP is active.   If you rely on medical supplies, you can get additional supplies every 30 days for as long as EPAP is active. DME is typically only provided once, but if it is lost or stolen after it has been issued, it may be replaced.  Vaccines are typically a single course of treatment and do not need to be refilled.

Please note that not all disasters are covered under EPAP.  To find out if EPAP has been activated in your area, see the list of current EPAP activations.

  • This page last reviewed: April 27, 2016