DALLAS, Sept. 11 Affiliated Computer Services,Inc. (NYSE: ACS) today announced that it is facilitating the EmergencyPrescription Assistance Program (EPAP), now activated for residents insouthern Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Gustav.
The EPAP program, established by the Centers for Medicare & MedicaidServices (CMS), processes claims for prescription medication and qualifyingmedical equipment to individuals without health insurance living in, orevacuated from, declared federal disaster areas. Prescriptions and medicalequipment are available through a robust nationwide network of participatingpharmacies.
To receive assistance, eligible Louisianans must provide one of thefollowing: a new prescription from a licensed health care practitioner, acurrent prescription bottle, a prescription phoned in by a licensed healthcare practitioner or proof of an existing prescription. Claims made betweenSeptember 2, 2008 and October 2, 2008 are eligible under the EPAP program.
ACS' innovative technology and systems ensures that individuals whoqualify for the program get real-time support and can quickly receiveassistance.
"A real benefit to the EPAP program is that people who are affected by anemergency have one less thing to worry about when disaster strikes becausewherever they are evacuated to, their prescriptions will be readilyavailable," said Tim Conway, senior vice president and managing director ofACS Federal Solutions. "ACS is uniquely positioned to offer such a service andbe an operational partner with CMS to deliver on its goal."
Because the EPAP program uses existing channels of how people receivetheir prescriptions, it is seamless to users and can be instantaneouslyactivated.
"The EPAP program and the work of ACS means that pharmacies can now playan important role in being first responders in a streamlined pharmaceuticalindustry process," said Steve Konsin, ACS vice president.
ACS is the largest provider of managed services for state, county andlocal governments, including more than 1,700 government entities. ACS is thelargest provider of BPO services in the government sector; each yearprocessing more than $7.5 billion in beneficiary payments through itselectronic payment cards or stored value card services, and supporting morethan 23 million Medicaid recipients by processing nearly 550 million claims.ACS ranks first worldwide in transportation services to governments, includingprocessing 16 million parking tickets annually for cities including LosAngeles and Boston.
ACS, a global FORTUNE 500 company with 65,000 people supporting clientoperations reaching more than 100 countries, provides business processoutsourcing and information technology solutions to world-class commercial andgovernment clients. The company's Class A common stock trades on the New YorkStock Exchange under the symbol "ACS." Learn more about ACS athttp://www.acs-inc.com.
SOURCE Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.