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‘Ohana Health Plan Donates 12,000 Breathing Masks

May 18, 2018, 4:01 PM HST
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‘Ohana Health Plan announces it has donated 12,000 N95 breathing masks to Hawai‘i County that will be distributed by the Hawai‘i Department of Health to benefit those near the areas impacted by the ongoing eruption of Kīlauea Volcano.

“As the volcano continues to release fumes into the air, N95 breathing masks are an efficient way to filter out ash and particulates, especially for those with asthma and other lung conditions,” said Dr. Ed G. Fess, medical director, ‘Ohana Health Plan. “We also want to remind all residents and visitors they do not protect against volcanic gases and vapors such as sulfur dioxide.”

  • Pharmacies will be able to refill prescriptions early for any members in need of medication refills;
  • IntelliRide, ‘Ohana Health Plan’s transportation partner, can provide transportation assistance, if needed; for Medicaid members; and,
  • Deliveries of over-the-counter (OTC) items may be delayed.

“We are committed to supporting our members, associates and communities impacted by this devastating event,” said Scott Sivik, state president, ‘Ohana Health Plan. “The Kīlauea volcano has destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands to evacuate. As we continue to monitor this situation, ‘Ohana Health Plan is on standby to assist our members and ensure they have uninterrupted access to needed healthcare services.”

For customer service questions or information about ‘Ohana Health Plan coverage, call (808) 846-4262 or tweet ‘Ohana Health Plan’s customer service team at @OhanaKokua. For ongoing updates, visit www.wellcare.com/Hawaii/Kilauea-Eruption.

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The following shelters are open for evacuated residents:

  • Pāhoa CommunityCenter(15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa)
  • Kea‘au Community Center(16-186 Pili Mua Street, Kea‘au)

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