Regardless of which health plan you elect, you will pay the full discounted cost of any eligible non-preventive drug until your deductible is met. The cost of these drugs will apply to your health plan deductible.
After you meet your deductible, you will pay 50% of the cost of your prescription drugs up to a certain maximum per prescription. The maximum will depend on the type of drug you take, and whether it’s for a 30-day supply or a 90-day supply. See the chart below for details. Even before your deductible is met, you will get the benefit of the discounted rates CVS Caremark negotiates with participating pharmacies.
If you take medications on a regular basis to treat a chronic condition (such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure), you must fill them through a 90-day supply instead of a 30-day supply. You can fill 90-day maintenance medication prescriptions through a CVS Caremark pharmacy only (including Target/CVS locations) or you can order them via CVS Caremark’s mail order service. This will save you time and money.
The plan allows for two 30-day fills of maintenance medications at any pharmacy in the CVS Caremark network. After that, the plan will cover maintenance medications only if you have 90-day supplies filled through mail-order or at a CVS Caremark pharmacy. Specialty medications are limited to a 30-day supply. You can call CVS Caremark to discuss payment options. If, after your first two fills, you continue to have 30-day supplies of maintenance medications filled (regardless of whether the pharmacy is in the CVS Caremark network), you will be responsible for the entire cost of the medication.
CVS Caremark’s Mail-Order Service
Dispense as Written Guidelines
CVS Caremark’s Formulary
Coverage for prescription drugs under all three health plans is administered by CVS Caremark. The prescription plan has a wide variety of safe and effective generic and brand medications, covering treatments for all types of injuries and illnesses.
Caremark periodically reviews their formulary or covered drug list. Certain formulary medications may be excluded from coverage from time to time and impacted members will be notified directly by CVS Caremark. The health plans include three tiers of prescription coverage: generic, preferred brand and non-preferred brand. The cost you pay per prescription is based on the tier your medication is in.
By using generic or preferred brand medicines, you can help make sure you get better value based on your plan and individual needs. Click here to view the specialty formulary and click here to view the non-specialty formulary. You can also visit caremark.com to review the formulary lists, updated quarterly, to find out which therapeutic medicines provide you with greater savings. Here are definitions of each of the three tiers:
Tier 1: Generic - generic drugs must have the same active ingredients as the original brand name drug.
Tier 2: Preferred brand - brand name drugs listed on the CVS formulary/covered drug list.
Tier 3: Non-preferred brand - brand name drugs not listed on the CVS formulary/covered drug list.
See the chart below for coverage by each tier.
|Retail (30-day supply)||Mail order prescriptions or retail maintenance prescriptions at a CVS pharmacy (90-day supply)|
|Type of Medication||Coinsurance||Minimum per prescrption||Maximum per prescription||Coinsurance||Minimum per prescription||Maximum per prescription|
*Please note that generic preventive drugs are 100% covered.
Note: What you pay will never exceed the total cost of the medication.
Here is a chart explaining what you might expect to pay based on the below illustrative medication costs:
|Type of medication||Member cost-share after deductible, before out-of-pocket maximum||Drug costs||You pay|
|Retail Generic (30-day supply)||50% max $50||$25||$12.50|
|Retail Non-Preferred (30-day supply)||50% min $40 max $100||$201||$100|
|Preferred Mail order (90-day supply)||50% min $20 max $150||$19||$19|
Filling Your Prescription at a Non-Participating Pharmacy
If you choose to go to a non-participating (out-of-network) pharmacy, you'll pay the full prescription price at the point of sale and will need to send CVS Caremark a paper claim. You should submit a paper claim form along with the original prescription receipt(s) to CVS Caremark for reimbursement of covered expenses. You can download and print a claim form when you log in to caremark.com. If you fill your prescription at a non-participating pharmacy, you will be responsible for your regular coinsurance plus any difference between the amount charged by the pharmacy and CVS Caremark’s discounted price.