The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council says North Texas health professionals have responded in every way possible to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. W. Steve Love, president and CEO of DFWHC, told D CEO Healthcare: “We are all striving to help our fellow Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey.” Love said healthcare providers, including hospitals, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals, have sent personnel, supplies, received patients from coastal regions, and provided assistance in every way possible.
“Our regional emergency management personnel have sent fireman, policeman and EMTs to the coastal areas to assist with rescue, recovery, and emergency management,” Love said. “In looking at the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the anonymous author of this phrase—’You may be only one person in this world, but you may be the world to one person’—rings true as every Texan can help our coastal neighbors. No gesture or gift is too small in this time of recovery.”
According to the Texas Association of Health Plans, a trade association representing commercial and public health plans in Texas, its entities are responding to Harvey’s aftermath with “donations to relief efforts and also in offering 24-hour hotlines, free consultations with telemedicine physicians, assistance with emergency prescription refills, medical equipment, and more.”
In addition to TAHP, the Texas Medicaid health plans are working with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on its efforts to waive portions of the program to ensure Medicaid and CHIP clients do not have a break in services as a result of Harvey.
A few of their efforts include “eliminating CHIP co-pays for clients who reside in FEMA-declared disaster areas, allowing pharmacists to dispense prescriptions sooner, tracking and coordinating care for Medicaid clients who were evacuated, paying out-of-network providers, coordinating disaster-related provider inquiries and complaints for Medicaid clients, and extending enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP for six months for clients who reside in the FEMA-declared disaster areas.”