CareFirst Takes Steps to Aid Members Affected by Hurricane Irma

Baltimore, MD (September 13, 2017) - “CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced that it is taking steps to help ensure that its members who live in areas affected by Hurricane Irma have access to necessary care and medication in the coming weeks. CareFirst has more than 26,000 members in Florida, as well as others in states that have been affected by the storm.

CareFirst will take the following steps to help affected members access and use their health care benefits:

  • Waive prescription drug refill requirements and authorize up to a 90-day supply of prescription medications purchased at a network or non-network pharmacy
  • Waive pre-authorization or referral requirements and associated penalties
  • Will not deny covered claims for out-of-network health services for members in designated disaster areas or any area impacted by the storm for the duration of such official emergency declarations

CareFirst members in affected areas may call the customer service number on their membership cards with questions or for additional information.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 79th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.2 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2016, CareFirst invested nearly $44 million to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram or Google+.