How health insurers are helping members, employees affected by Hurricane Harvey

Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion, first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department move residents from severely flooded neighborhoods to safety on Aug. 28. (Department of Defense)

As flooding from Hurricane Harvey continues to batter Texas and Louisiana—sparking declarations of a public health emergency in both states—health insurers are joining the ranks of organizations helping those affected.

Though health plans don’t provide medical care directly, they do play a role in ensuring patients have access to it when they need it most. During a natural disaster, that can mean anything from relaxing certain coverage restrictions to making sure members know the right number to call when they need help.

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“Just like their members, health plans are a part of their communities and deeply committed to the wellness and safety of those who live there,” America’s Health Insurance Plans said in a statement. “When a community is impacted by a tragic, disastrous event like we’re seeing unfold with this storm, plans connect immediately with state and local officials to offer support and ensure those impacted have swift access to the healthcare, resources and medical services they need.”

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Here’s a look at what some major health plans are doing: