MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida, Simply Healthcare along with the Simply Healthcare Foundation have launched several support efforts to help its members, residents and communities who have been impacted by the storm. Simply Healthcare is working with disaster relief partners to assist impacted residents and first responders, we revised pharmacy and health care guidelines to make it easier for our Medicaid and Medicare members to access needed services and we’ve increased support services during this traumatic time.
Simply Healthcare members in impacted areas of Florida can also access medical care and prescription drugs by:
- Visiting either in-network or out-of-network physicians or service providers;
- Contacting In-network pharmacies which can provide refills of approved medication if medication has been lost or damaged in the flood;
- Or requesting replacements for medical equipment and supplies that have been damaged or lost in the floods.
“Simply Healthcare is taking all the necessary steps we can to ensure that our members are continuing to receive the best possible health care support and service during this difficult time,” said Lourdes Rivas, President, Florida Medicaid, Simply Healthcare Plans. “Our colleagues, along with the efforts of various first-responders and disaster relief organizations, have worked tirelessly to ensure that members are safe and getting the medical attention they need and we will continue providing that same high level of support to all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.”
The Simply Healthcare Foundation has also partnered with the American Red Cross, as a $1 million-level member of its Annual Disaster Giving Program, to support impacted residents. Local Red Cross personnel and shelters will be providing meals, relief supplies, support, and other assistance to thousands of Floridians and first responders statewide.
As part of its normal disaster preparedness planning, the Red Cross has shelters prepared to serve at least 120,000 evacuees impacted by Irma. To identify the nearest shelter and help, we encourage people to download and use the Red Cross Emergency App.
The Simply Healthcare Foundation has also pledged to match all of its associate donations to its employee assistance fund and the American Red Cross dollar for dollar.
“By partnering with the American Red Cross, we will be able to immediately assist individuals and families across Florida who have been affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Rivas. “We want to thank the American Red Cross for all they are doing to help people across the state and we at Simply Healthcare look forward to continuing our support of our members and the entire community.”
Additionally, Simply Healthcare Foundation awarded a $75,000 grant to AmeriCares to support its Emergency Response Partner Program (AERP), which provides medicine, medical supplies and mental health services to those experiencing disaster-related trauma.
For Simply Healthcare members who need assistance accessing services, understanding benefits, replacing ID cards or have other questions about services, please contact us at the number on the back of your membership card or 1-800-887-6888 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Simply Healthcare services, benefits and contacts, visit www.simplyhealthcareplans.com.
About Simply Healthcare
Simply Healthcare Plans is a Florida licensed health maintenance organization that serves more than 220,000 Floridians enrolled in its Medicaid and Medicare health plans. Simply provides ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage communities to become active participants in their health care. Every day, Simply employees in Miami and Tampa strive to help keep health care simple and provide education that empowers Floridians to choose and sustain healthy lifestyles. For more information about Simply Healthcare Plans, visit www.simplyhealthcareplans.com.