News Release

Arkansas Blue Cross will replace prescription medications free of charge for members who are storm victims


Max Greenwood @ 501-378-2131

Little Rock, Ark. (April 28, 2014) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will replace prescription medications free of charge for Arkansans whose medications were lost as a result of the devastating weather events on April 27, 2014.

The waiver is in effect for members who have a pharmacy benefit plan insured by Arkansas Blue Cross, including insured members of Health Advantage and the Federal Employee Program.

“Our hearts go out to our fellow Arkansans who lost so much in the April 27 storms,” said Mark White, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Blue Cross. “We know there is a lot of toil, sweat and tears following a disaster of this magnitude. We want to help our members stay healthy — and ease their financial burden — as they begin to rebuild, which is why we’re offering to replace any prescription medications free of charge. They remain in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.”

Members living in areas identified by the American Red Cross*, who had prescription medications lost or destroyed by the tornado on April 27, 2014, may work with their pharmacist or call Customer Service to get their prescription copayments/coinsurance waived for a refill (10-day or 30-day max supply depending on medication). The waiver will last through May 15, 2014, and applies to current prescription medications as well as any medications prescribed as a result of the storm.

Members who were affected can call Arkansas Blue Cross toll free at 1-800-238-8379, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

*Arkansas counties identified as storm disaster areas by the American Red Cross include: Faulkner, Pulaski and White.

Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,500 employees.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 37 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide health care coverage for 100 million — nearly one in three — Americans.

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