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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP)

What is it? ​EPAP provides an efficient mechanism for over 70,000 enrolled retail pharmacies nationwide to process claims for certain kinds of prescription drugs, specific medical supplies, vaccines and some forms of durable medical equipment (DME) for eligible individuals in a Federally-identified disaster area.    Learn More >>
Why does it matter? Ensuring that people can access the drugs, medical supplies, vaccines and DME that they rely on every day helps patients cope with a disaster more effectively and prevents stress on the healthcare system. This makes individuals and their communities better able to cope with disasters. Learn More >>
How can patients get assistance Patients who do not have health insurance may qualify for help under EPAP.  Eligible patients can initiate a claim for certain medical items if they were lost, stolen or destroyed as the result of certain disasters.  Find out about the process for getting assistanceLearn More >>
How can pharmacies access EPAP By planning now, you can get ready to help your patients stay healthy when disaster strikes.  Pharmacies have to enroll in EPAP before they can process claims under the system, but enrollment is simple. Learn how your pharmacy can get ready to help EPAP-eligible patients when disaster strikes.  Learn more >>

  • This page last reviewed: January 18, 2018