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2020 Pharmacy Benefits

2020 Pharmacy Benefits 

 

Your employee's health plan's pharmacy benefit is now administered by OptumRx. This change took place Jan. 1, 2020. OptumRx is a Pharmacy Benefits Manager, an independent company that has been contracted by BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina to provide certain services related to your health plan’s prescription drug coverage. For more information, please review these FAQs

Any questions about their pharmacy benefit can be answered by calling Member Services. They can call the number on the back of their member ID card.

Drug Tiers

Your Employee's Cost Drug Tier Usually Includes
$ Tier 1 Lowest-cost prescription generic and some over-the-counter drugs.
$$ Tier 2 Prescription generic and some over-the-counter drugs.
$$$ Tier 3 Brand-name drugs that don't have a generic available. Also may include higher priced generics that have more cost-effective options at lower tiers.
$$$$ Tier 4 Brand-name drugs that have brand or generic options at lower tiers. Also may include higher-priced generics that have more cost-effective options at lower tiers.
$$$$$ Tier 5 Specialty drugs* that are more cost-effective than other specialty drugs that treat the same conditions. Also may include some non-specialty brand or generic drugs that have more cost-effective options at lower tiers.
$$$$$$ Tier 6 Specialty drugs that have more cost-effective alternatives at Tier 5. Also, may include some non-specialty brand or generic drugs that have more cost-effective options at lower tiers.

*Specialty drugs are prescription medications that are used to treat complex or chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, rheumatiod arthritis, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C.

Please note that if a plan has a brand deductible, any tier 3 or tier 4 medication will process to that deductible before applying benefits.

Vaccines

Where can you get your flu vaccine and other vaccines?

Effective immediately, your employees can get their seasonal flu vaccine covered at $0 copay through their pharmacy benefit by visiting any network pharmacy. Find a participating pharmacy with our Pharmacy Locator. Or, they can visit their primary care physician. If they don't have one, they can find one here.

Your employees can also visit a participating pharmacy within South Carolina or the entire U.S. to get some non-seasonal preventive care vaccines at a $0 copay. Below is a chart of these vaccines:

vaccine chart