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09/26/2019

Wolf Administration Offers Assistance to Those Affected by Doctor’s Office Closure

Perryopolis, PA - As a result of the arrest of Dr. Emilio Navarro of Perryopolis, Fayette County, the Department of Health is working to assist those patients who are affected by the closure of his office.

“No patient can be left behind when something happens to their doctor,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Our Patient Advocacy Program is identifying and coordinating resources to assist Dr. Navarro’s patients with finding care, including access to treatment if they have an opioid use disorder.”

If patients of Dr. Navarro need help finding care, the following steps are recommended:

  1. If Dr. Navarro was not your primary care provider, contact your primary care provider to discuss next steps in your care.

  2. If Dr. Navarro was your primary care provider, or you do not have a primary care provider, locate one by calling the number on the back of your health insurance card. Alternatively, you can visit a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in your area for health care services or for help obtaining health insurance. FQHCs provide services to everyone regardless of your ability to pay. To find a health center visit http://www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

We also encourage all patients, particularly those who were being treated for chronic pain, to consider getting naloxone to reduce risk of overdose. A standing order, signed by Dr. Levine, allows patients to pick up naloxone without a prescription at pharmacies. Naloxone is a medication that reverses opioid overdoses.

For those who need assistance in dealing with the disease of addiction, help is available. You can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit www.ddap.pa.gov to find a treatment center in your area.

To provide feedback to the Department of Health about this incident, please visit www.health.pa.gov and click “Contact Us” at the bottom.

Additional information on opioids can be found on the state’s website at www.pa.gov/opioids us on Facebook and Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT: Nate Wardle, 717-787-1783, RA-DHPressOffice@pa.gov

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