Tallahassee, Fla. - Following Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders 21-150 and 21-151 in response to Tropical Storm Elsa, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) issued the following notice to all health insurers, managed care organizations and other health entities licensed by OIR.
To: All Health Insurers, Managed Care Organizations, and Other Health Entities Authorized to do Business in Florida
RE: Tropical Storm Elsa - Notice of Florida Law for Early Prescription Refills
This notice is a reminder that all health insurers, managed care organizations, and other health entities must comply with must comply with the provisions of section 252.358, Florida Statutes, which allows for early prescription refills in the event that the Governor issues an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency or when a county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated.
This statute has now been triggered due to Tropical Storm Elsa for Alachua, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Sumter, Suwanee, Taylor, and Wakulla counties. This mandate remains in effect until the Governor’s Executive Orders are rescinded or expires.
Declaration of Emergency by Governor DeSantis
In accordance with section 252.358, Florida Statutes, Emergency-preparedness prescription medication refills:
This section does not excuse or exempt an insured or subscriber from compliance with all other terms of the policy or contract providing prescription medication coverage.
PLEASE BE GOVERNED ACCORDINGLY.
About the OIR
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