congestive heart failure, etc.) and providing assistance with replacing
or refilling lost or damaged prescriptions, replacing health plan
cards, and providing information and referral to additional supports as
-- Working with physicians and other medical providers in areas affected
by fires to assist with member needs; and,
-- Partnering with the American Red Cross and other groups to help
communicate with members who are unreachable by phone due to property
damage or evacuation.
Community Resource Center representatives in Los Angeles and San Diego are also reaching out to physicians' offices in the affected areas to offer assistance and resources and to provide information to help physicians continue their clinical practices at this critical time.
The American Lung Association recommends all residents, but especially seniors and those with respiratory and other chronic conditions, take the following precautions:
-- Use appropriate protective breathing masks when outdoors until air
quality improves. The American Lung Association recommends masks with a
rating of N95 to provide protection against smaller particles. CRC
representatives can provide information on where protective breathing
masks are available in local communities.
-- Obtain a flu shot as soon as possible. The stress of the disaster,
evacuation, proximity to strangers, lack of sleep and general life
disruption, especially right at the beginning of flu season, can
increase the susceptibility to flu.
-- Run the air conditioner on the "recirculation" setting and/or use your
indoor air filter system.
CRC representatives are available to provide information and referrals
on a daily basis for members who walk in or call. In Los Angeles the CRC
can be reached at (866) 465-2272 and in
|SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.|
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