Simply Healthcare Offers Support to Florida Residents Impacted by Hurricane Irma | Business Wire

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


  • 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 insure

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

organisations, have worked tirelessly to insure that members are safe

and getting the medical attention they need and we'll 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.

other assistance to thousands of Floridians and first responders


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'll 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're doing to help people across the state and we

at Simply Healthcare look forwards 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 [email protected]

For more information about Simply Healthcare services, benefits and

contacts, visit

About Simply Healthcare

Simply Healthcare Plans is a Florida licensed health maintenance

organisation 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

Media Contacts:
Simply Healthcare
James Freeman
[email protected]