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Free medication for the uninsured to continue, says official

COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corporation Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program or EPAP will continue even if the typhoon response satellite clinics in San Antonio and Dandan have already closed.

Esther L. Muna

EPAP gives people access to free medicines while supplies last, Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto said.

The satellite clinics dispensed  free medicines to patients and administered free vaccines. Sasamoto said they have seen many patients who needed medicine refills, mostly for diabetes or other chronic diseases.

Aside from medicines, Sasamoto said EPAP also provided medical supplies and equipment to people who are in the disaster areas.

“We had one patient who lost her wheelchair during typhoon. Through the program, she was able to get a brand-new wheelchair,” he said.

 “If you have no insurance, you will be qualified for free medicines,” Sasamoto said. “How it works is that when [a physician] writes up a prescription you fill out an EPAP form, then they will hand you the medication for free.”

 Call CHCC at 234-8950 for more information.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109034-free-medication-for-the-uninsured-to-continue-says-official

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