PA Medicaid Recipients Can Refill Prescriptions Amid Pandemic

Jeff Oravitz
March 31, 2020 - 3:44 pm

Harrisburg, PA (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania's medicaid recipients can now receive early refills on their prescriptions.

Department of Human Services (DHS) is directing the state's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to make early refills available and to be flexible with longer term medications as a result of the stay at home orders amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

“In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and follow the stay-at-home orders, we must all reduce trips and interactions with others in order to limit the chance of coming in contact with or spreading the COVID-19 virus,” Gov. Wolf said. “By asking Medicaid providers and pharmacists to allow for earlier prescription refills and longer prescription supplies, we are all doing our part to practice social distancing to keep everyone safe and well.”

The need for the prescription flexibility comes amid the stay-at-home orders for many of the counties in the state.

“During these stay-at-home orders, we strongly encourage Medicaid recipients to use this option to reduce the need for unnecessary trips out of the home that may jeopardize their or someone else’s health,” DHS Sec. Teresa Miller said. “We appreciate our Medicaid providers and pharmacists’ participation in this initiative to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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