For Immediate Release: July 3, 2014

Prescription Procedures Modified in State of Emergency

RALEIGH -- Due to the state of North Carolina's declaration of a state of emergency for 26 counties because of the approach of Hurricane Arthur, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has issued a bulletin to insurance companies regarding prescription medicines.

Under the authority of NCGS 58-3-228, Goodwin has advised all insurance companies, the State Teachers and Employees Health Plan, and other entities licensed by the Department of Insurance that provide benefit plans covering prescription drugs to waive time restrictions for the refilling of current prescriptions for people who reside in the areas that fall under the emergency declaration. The areas are Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

As a result, within 29 days after the bulletin's issue, people who reside in those counties may:

You can read the full Bulletin here.

For more information about hurricane preparedness and recovery, go to or by calling the N.C. Department of Insurance at 1-800-546-5664.