Just as they are doing for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, insurers are helping those impacted by the storm Irma, which ravaged Caribbean islands and is now damaging parts of Florida and south Georgia.

Members of the trade group America's Health Insurance Plans "send their support and wishes for safety and swift recovery."

"Health plans are coming together with hospital systems, pharmacies, and first responders to ensure people can get the care and medications they need," writes Rashi Venkataraman, executive director for prevention and population health with the trade group's clinical affairs team. "They continue to closely monitor the situation on the ground and provide their community, their members, and their employees with support, guidance, and immediate access to care."

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.