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Insurers Heavily Restrict Diabetes Coverage In 2017

Insurers Heavily Restrict Diabetes Coverage In 2017

Dear Betics, ​ Nothing makes me madder than having to arduously fight the insurance bureaucracy to stay alive. And the NPR report I read today has my heart racing with indignant rage on behalf of diabetics everywhere who KNOW what a struggle it is to cry, beg and plead with the insurance company in an effort to coerce them into doing the very thing they’re charged with doing: keeping you alive and well. If you have diabetes, you probably (like me) burst into tears at least three times per year after ending a call with a customer service representative who insists your life-saving diabetes treatment isn’t covered by insurance. Before you continue reading, get your game face on, because this is going to piss you off. In 2017, diabetics who get their meds through CVS Caremark or Express Scripts are in for some blood boiling adjustments to diabetes (and other) drug coverage. NPR’s got the full story, and you can read it here. For my part, I’ll summarize the CVS diabetes drug denial list for 2017 (because it’s bigger than the Express Scripts list), and discuss why denying people the drugs they need to stay alive is so awful. Both companies are choosing to remove brand name drugs from their formulary and instead are choosing to cover generic versions. Fine. We’re all accustomed to that. That isn’t news. Substituting generic for brand name happens ALL the time. I’m not upset about that. Here’s what I AM upset about: the prescription insurers are choosing to replace some of your current meds with biosimilar medications (this happens from time to time with all insurers, but not to this degree). Replacing a drug with a biosimilar is NOT the same thing as replacing a brand name drug with a generic drug that has the exact same ingredients. In this particular con Continue reading >>

Mhbp Medical Plan By Aetna: Prescription Drug Coverage

Mhbp Medical Plan By Aetna: Prescription Drug Coverage

15% of the Plan's allowance, limited to $425 per prescription Specialty drugs are used to treat chronic, complex conditions and typically require special handling and close monitoring. Specialty drugs must be obtained from CVS Caremark Specialty Pharmacy. *50% of the Plan's allowance and any difference between our allowance and the billed amount. This does not apply to Specialty drugs. ** You will pay the copayment or coinsurance amount and the difference in cost between our allowance for the generic and brand name drug when a generic is available, unless a brand exception is obtained. Value Plan Prescription Drug Coverage and Benefits 20% of the Plans allowance, limited to $200 per prescription $80 copayment per prescription and any difference between our allowance and the cost of a generic equivalent unless a brand exception is obtained $120 copayment per prescription and any difference between our allowance and the cost of a generic equivalent unless a brand exception is obtained 20% of the Plans allowance, limited to $425 per prescription *The annual deductible of $2,000 per person/$4,000 per family for medical and Rx expenses combined applies to all services except preventive care. **You will pay the copayment or coinsurance amount and the difference in cost between our allowance for the generic and brand name drug when a generic is available, unless a brand exception is obtained.Consumer Option Rx Benefits (Annual deductible applies) Choosing Generic Medications - Are Generic Drugs Really as Good as Brand Names? You might wonder if generic drugs are as good as brand-name ones. Like many, you might think that generic drugs are lower in quality and not as effective as brand-name drugs. This is not true. Generic drugs are: Safe and effective - The U.S. Food and Drug Continue reading >>

Cvs Caremark Onetouch® Meter Program

Cvs Caremark Onetouch® Meter Program

The CVS/Caremark™ pharmacy staff continually reviews medicines, products and prices for TeamCare, a Central States Health Plan. This helps TeamCare to make sure the medicines that work well and are cost-effective become part of your drug benefit plan. As part of this effort, effective April 1, 2015, OneTouch® Ultra®2, OneTouch® UltraMini®, and the OneTouch® Verio® IQ are the only test strips covered under your TeamCare Plan. How to obtain covered test kits and strips: If you are currently using the mail service pharmacy: Call the CVS/Caremark Diabetic Meter Team toll-free at 1-877-418-4746. When you call, please have your prescription ID number and your doctor’s name and phone number available. If you are currently using retail: Ask your doctor for a new test strip prescription and take it to your local pharmacy. To order a OneTouch® Meter at no charge, call CVS/Caremark at 1-800-588-4456. You must be an eligible member and have mail-order benefits. Go to caremark.com/druglist to learn more about covered options and information to discuss with your doctor if a covered option is not right for you. Learn more about the OneTouch® Meters at onetouch.com. Continue reading >>

Anyone Else Had Billing/order Issues With Cvs?

Anyone Else Had Billing/order Issues With Cvs?

Anyone else had billing/order issues with CVS? It never failswe show up to pick up prescriptions for Liam and were hit with huge bills. This time, the bill was almost $600. Its always because they have billed things incorrectly and listed things as requiring co-pays when they should not be. So, we usually have to spend 3 or 4 hours on the phone every 90 days with our Insurance and CVS (corporate), who has to work with our local CVS to figure things out. The way our Insurance works is as follows: We bundle all diabetes supply on a single prescription for 90-days (the 90-day part is required). We have written into our prescription the following items: Test strips, glucose tabs, alcohol wipes, glucogon, lancets, syringes, insulin (both vials and the pensthe vials is carried over from a previous prescription that hasnt expired yet, and the pens is the new method we are using so we are getting Lantus and Novolog pen cartridges as well as the applicable pens for these insulins.) With our bundle agreement with our Insurance, were required to pay for the most expensive item, then everything in the bundle is free. In our case, the Insulin is the most expensive part. So everything else should have been freebut inevitably, each 90-days, they attempt to charge us more than they should by applying co-pays to items that they shouldnt be applying co-pay charges for. So after 3 - 4 hours on the phone with various departments to get things figured out. The beginning cost for the day was $565. After spending the 3 hours on the phone, it went down to $189. After utilizing the Novolog discount card we will spend about $100 out of pocket. Thats not bad at all for a 90-day supply of Insulin supplies (this doesnt include the sensors/transmittersdifferent company and full cost will be require Continue reading >>

Cvs Caremark — Hates Diabetics, Hates America

Cvs Caremark — Hates Diabetics, Hates America

I hope that shocking title will grab everyone’s attention, or at least the attention of diabetic Americans. I’ve only been on Caremark since January and am already extremely dissatisfied with them for two reasons: 1) They will only cover Novolog insulin. I have nothing against Novo Nordisk or against Denmark. But, please understand that I am a U.S. citizen living in the U.S. with a U.S. based health insurance company. And, that company will not allow me to buy my insulin from a U.S. company, Ely Lilly. Instead, they require me to buy from a Danish company, Novo Nordisk. They should cover all brands of insulin as different people get different results from the minor differences in the insulin analogs we use today. Especially in difficult economic times for the U.S., U.S. based companies should not be explicitly disallowing patronage of U.S. companies for the few things we still actually do manufacture in the U.S. 2) I was just denied coverage for my continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensors. For anyone who is not a diabetic or does not use CGM, this technology allows for testing glucose levels every 5 minutes throughout the day. While there are a lot of issues with the current level of this technology, it has quite possibly saved my life several times. Low blood sugar, in particular, can be immediately dangerous. Diabetics can go into insulin shock and die. These sensors have alerted me to very low blood sugar before I felt the affects several times in the last 4+ years since I’ve been using them. Far more often, they alert me to high blood sugar. While high blood sugar is generally not immediately dangerous, the long term affects of high blood sugar are both devastating and costly. They include at a minimum blindness, loss of limb, kidney failure, heart disease, Continue reading >>

Why Doesn't Caremark Care About My Insulin Pump?

Why Doesn't Caremark Care About My Insulin Pump?

Christopher Elliott 23 Comments CAREMARK , CVS , PRESCRIPTION BENEFITS First, Caremark agrees to cover Ben Schwartzs insulin pump. Then it refuses. Is there anything he can do to make Caremark honor its word? Question: Caremark is not properly applying my familys prescription benefits, and customer service has not been able to resolve the issue. Between my wife and me, we have spoken to them three times and exchanged five secure messages. My wife is diabetic and uses an insulin pump. We had been getting her prescriptions filled at the local CVS pharmacy except for insulin pump supplies, which are not available at the local pharmacy and so were ordered through Caremark mail order (CVS is owned by Caremark). Our prescription plan includes a diabetic kit benefit where certain prescriptions can be filled at the same time for a single copay. I was assured it would be processed correctly. Late last year, my wife asked via Caremark.com Secure Message whether the insulin pump supplies qualified under the diabetes kit benefit. The customer service representative said that they did qualify and recommended that we transfer the prescriptions from the local pharmacy to the mail order pharmacy in order to take advantage of it, and we did so. When the order was filled, the diabetic kit benefit was not applied to any of the items. I called Caremark customer service and they resubmitted the order to have the benefits properly applied. The benefit was then applied to her test strips, but not the insulin pump supplies. I followed up by phone, providing the specific prescription numbers when requested by the representative, and was assured that it would be processed correctly. Related story: Help, my Lenovo laptop is cursed We have continued to follow up via Secure Message, each time reac Continue reading >>

Prescription Drug Plans

Prescription Drug Plans

Advance Control Specialty Formulary (Preferred Specialty Drug List) When you and your dependents are eligible for the medical and hospital benefits provided by the Operating Engineers Health and Welfare Fund, you are also eligible for the benefits of the Prescription Drug Plan, except for those that have elected HMO coverage. If you are covered by an HMO, you must receive your prescription drug benefits through the HMO directly. To use your CVS Caremark Retail Rx ID card, present it along with the doctors prescription to any participating pharmacy. The pharmacist will fill the prescription and charge you only the co-payment amount, per prescription. There are no claim forms for you to file. If the pharmacist cannot determine your eligibility or has a question regarding your prescription, he will call Caremark for authorization. These are only a few of the participating CVS Caremark pharmacies: Tier 3: Non-Preferred Brand drug with an available generic $100.00 per 90-day supplyplus 50%of the difference in price between the brand-name drug and the generic To utilize the Maintenance Medication Program, just ask your Doctor to write you a 90-prescription for your maintenance medication and you can fill it in one of two ways: Fill your 90-day supply at any CVS/pharmacy location and pick up your medications at your convenience. Option 2: Refill with CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy. Have a 90-day supply of your long-term medicines shipped directly to your home. Just complete the CVS Caremark Mail Service Order Form and mail it with your 90-day prescription for your first order only. The form can be obtained online here or by calling CVS Caremark toll free at 888-752-7224. Be sure to answer all the questions on the form for yourself and your eligible dependents, and make ce Continue reading >>

Cvs Caremark Faqs

Cvs Caremark Faqs

A 4-tier drug program provides prescription coverage at increasing co-pay levels depending on the medication. Generic drugs are included in the first tier, formulary-brand name drugs are considered second tier, non-formulary brand name drugs make up the third tier and bio-tech drugs are considered forth tier. If you have any questions regarding what tier a particular drug is covered, please contact CVS Caremark at 1-800-565-7105. How can my physician or I find out what drugs are on the CVS Caremark Custom Drug List? You can access this list on the CVS Caremark website at www.CVS Caremark.com or call CVS Caremark at 1-800-565-7105. In addition, MSU Pharmacies can tell you if a prescribed drug is generic, has a generic equivalent or is a brand drug covered by the MSU prescription drug program. What is the difference between brand drugs and generics? Some prescription drugs have two names: the trademark or brand name; and the chemical, or generic name. By law, both brand name drugs and generic drugs must meet the same standards for safety, purity, strength and quality. Many drugs are available in generic form. Generic drugs can save a significant amount of money, both for you and MSU. If you have any questions regarding generic drugs, call CVS Caremark Customer Service at 1-800-565-7105 or talk with your doctor or pharmacist. How does my child, who is a student away at college, obtain prescription drugs? You can obtain additional CVS Caremark ID cards for your eligible children for retail pharmacy services since CVS Caremark has a nation-wide network of Participating Retail Pharmacies. Have your child call CVS Caremark Customer Service at 1-800-565-7105 to locate a participating pharmacy near where he or she lives. They can also locate a pharmacy near them by accessing th Continue reading >>

Partners For Health | Your Other Benefits | Pharmacy Benefits

Partners For Health | Your Other Benefits | Pharmacy Benefits

If you have questions about the Diabetes Prevention Program, email [email protected] Home | Your Other Benefits | Pharmacy Benefits Pharmacy benefits are included when you and your dependents enroll in a health plan. The plan you choose determines the out-of-pocket prescription costs. How much you pay for your drug depends on if it is a generic, brand, non-preferred brand or specialty drug and the day-supply. A Summary of Your Prescription Drug Benefits Generic (tier one) drug: You'll pay the lowest amount. A generic medicine is FDA approved and equal to the brand name product in safety, effectiveness, quality and performance. Preferred brand (tier two) drug: You'll pay a higher amount. Many popular and highly used preferred brands are included on the preferred drug list (PDL). Non-preferred brand (tier three) drug: You'll pay the highest amount. These belong to the most expensive group of drugs. These drugs are not included on the PDL. Specialty drug tier: In the PPOs, 10% coinsurance applies with a member minimum ($50, unless the drug cost is under $50, then you would pay the full cost of the drug) and a maximum ($150) out-of-pocket. Members enrolled in a CDHP pay coinsurance for specialty drugs. CVS/caremark has website tools to help you compare costs for your prescriptions. You can also find out what you have spent in the past. Learn more by calling 877.522.8679 or go to info.caremark.com/stateoftn . You must register to view your prescription history and costs. More than 67,000 independent and chain pharmacies are available throughout the U.S. All offer 30-day prescriptions. If you take a longer term medication, more than 916 Tennessee mail at retail pharmacies also fill 90-day prescriptions. Mail service is also available. You can find a 30-day or 90-day n Continue reading >>

Pharmacy Audit Alert: Cvs Caremark Takes Aggressive Position Against Pharmacies For Purchases From “unauthorized” Drug Distributors

Pharmacy Audit Alert: Cvs Caremark Takes Aggressive Position Against Pharmacies For Purchases From “unauthorized” Drug Distributors

In a recent but aggressive trend, CVS Caremark (Caremark) has begun to audit and subject pharmacies across the nation to recoupment for purchases from allegedly “unauthorized distributors.” Specifically, Caremark has taken the position against pharmacies that “only wholesalers for diabetic supplies that are Authorized Distributors by that manufacturer can be considered for credit.” Caremark appears to rely upon a circulation that they issued in June 2016 titled “Audit Tips: Foreign Sourced Diabetic Test Strips” that allegedly would have required pharmacies to purchase only from wholesalers listed as an “authorized distributor” on pharmaceutical manufacturers’ websites. In taking this position, Caremark has disregarded pharmacies’ otherwise valid purchases from properly licensed wholesalers and has instead, maintained that pharmacies have insufficient inventories to support the quantities of drugs billed despite providing Caremark proper invoices and proof of payment. Caremark’s actions have caused pharmacies to be exposed to large recoupment amounts and potentially, a risk of termination. Many pharmacies have received audit results with appeal deadlines of July 31, 2017. Other pharmacies have yet to receive audit results and have only received the initial “yellow paper” briefly identifying the discrepancies. If your pharmacy has been subjected to an audit and/or subsequent recoupment from Caremark for alleged purchases from an “unauthorized” wholesaler, it is imperative to address audit results before the appeal deadline. Failure to respond could result in recoupments and/or risk network termination. Contact Frier Levitt today to speak to an attorney and understand the pharmacy’s rights, claims, and defenses in this issue. Continue reading >>

Lantus To Be Dropped By Caremark In 2017 | Diabetic Connect

Lantus To Be Dropped By Caremark In 2017 | Diabetic Connect

By Type1Lou Latest Reply2016-08-20 17:01:50 -0500 Below is a link to the GoodRX article about prescription management plans like ExpressScripts and Caremark to drop many currently covered drugs from their formulary in 2017. This will mean that we will have to pay full price for these drugs if we continue to use them in 2017. In some cases, there may be viable alternative choices. Just wanted to give everyone a "heads-up". The GoodRx site offers a complete list of the affected drugsjust scroll to the end of the article for links: Finally got a reply back from DOD re the change in meters, which is what I asked about specifically. Apparently, it hasn't trickled all the way down yet. "We have no indications of any changes in coverage on diabetic testing supplies at this time." This is a response from [email protected] . I guess Goodrx got advance notice or something. Thanks Lou. I printed out the Express Scripts list to take to my appt Monday. Fortunately, it looks like my meter is the only change I'll have to make. I emailed ES to ask when the change would take effect, but haven't received an answer yet. Continue reading >>

Please Print Clearly

Please Print Clearly

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Caremark Resources

Caremark Resources

FirstEnergys prescription drug coverage is administered by CVS/Caremark. CVS/Caremark provides tools that let you quickly confirm coverage, estimate costs, view medicine options, and more. Caremark website Visit www.caremark.com to refill prescriptions, manage automatic refills and renewals, request a new prescription and transfer a prescription. CVS/Caremark mobile app - Click here to learn about the convenience of using the CVS/Caremark mobile app. Check Drug Coverage and Cost Use CVS/Caremarks online tool to determine medicine costs and confirm plan coverage. Check Drug Coverage and Cost - Consumer and Enhanced HDHP Drug List (Formulary) Access a list of plan preferred primary and long-term drugs by calling CVS/Caremark at 1-888-202-1654 or by visiting www.caremark.com . Maintenance Choice Program Get up to a 90-day supply of your maintenance prescription drugs through a retail CVS/pharmacy or Target pharmacy at the same cost of a 90-day supply through the mail. Diabetic Meter Program - Regular blood glucose testing is essential for people with diabetes. The CVS/Caremark Diabetic Meter Program provides tools to monitor your blood glucose levels and better manage your health. Caremark members who purchase 90-day supplies of test strips through CVS/Caremark are eligible to receive a free blood glucose meter kit once a year. To participate in the free meter program, call the CVS/Caremark Diabetic Meter Team at 1-800-588-4456, weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. When you call, have your Caremark ID number and your doctors name and phone number available. Members who qualify can receive a OneTouch blood glucose meter kit, which includes a starter supply of test strips and lancets, at no cost as part of their CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy benefits. This program can save member Continue reading >>

Cvs/pharmacy Reminds Patients With Diabetes About The Importance Of Regular Testing To Help Manage Their Disease

Cvs/pharmacy Reminds Patients With Diabetes About The Importance Of Regular Testing To Help Manage Their Disease

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CVS/pharmacy is reminding patients with diabetes that one of the most important ways they can manage their disease is to perform regular testing of their blood sugar (glucose) levels. While the number of providers that will accept Medicare coverage for diabetes testing supplies is expected to decline after July 1, 2013 due to Medicare changes, CVS/pharmacy is informing those treating diabetes it will continue to accept Medicare Part B coverage for test strips and other diabetes testing supplies. The Company has more than 7,400 locations in the U.S. and stocks all major brands of diabetes supplies. "More than 25 million people in the United States have diabetes and every 17 seconds, another American is diagnosed with diabetes, so it is critical that patients continue to have affordable access to diabetes testing supplies to help them manage their disease," said Papatya Tankut, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs at CVS Caremark. "CVS/pharmacy is committed to ensuring that Medicare patients can use their insurance coverage for test strips and other diabetes supplies. We also offer 90-day supplies of prescription test strips at the same low price as mail order." CVS pharmacists are available every day as a resource for patients with diabetes who need advice or who have questions about prescription and over the counter medications to manage their disease. CVS/pharmacy can also assist patients with any new paperwork from their doctor's office that is required by the changes Medicare is making to coverage of diabetes testing supplies. Another resource CVS/pharmacy offers patients with diabetes is the ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes program, which has helped more than 2 million members save money and better manage the disease Continue reading >>

Pump Users - Where Do You Get Your Pump Supply Medical Insurance?

Pump Users - Where Do You Get Your Pump Supply Medical Insurance?

Pump users - where do you get your pump supply medical insurance? New Member Type 1 for 40 years, on pump for 3 years Pump users - where do you get your pump supply medical insurance? I don't know if you can advertise in this forum, but I am looking for a medical insurance company who will cover pump supplies, or 80% thereof, in their medical plan. I was wondering where you pump users get your insurance? Only in Canada! D.D. Family T1 since 1966, pumper since '03, transplant '08 Many insurance companies here in Canada cover pump supplies. I'm with Sun Life but I know Manulife covers them too. T1 since 1966, dialysis in 2001, kidney transplant in 02 from my cousin, pumping 03 - 08, pancreas transplant Feb 08 D.D. Family T1 since 9/05, pump since 4/06, CGMS since 10/07 I have had two different forms of bluecross since pumping, and both covered pump supplies, no questions asked. I too am covered with Sun Life and all my pump supplies are covered 90% as that is what my work insurance worked out for their employees. They even covered my pump 90% so that was really great. I have Medical Mutual. They cover pump supplies at 80% until the deductible is met and then 100% Cozmore pump Started 3/22/07 using Novolog My BCBS covers my pump stuff. My prescription insurance, Care Mark, covers my insulins. [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=3][COLOR=Magenta]Kris[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Lucida Sans Unicode] Member Type 1 since 1990, start pumping on 9/21/07 My BCBS covers my pump stuff. My prescription insurance, Care Mark, covers my insulins. Do you have Athem BCBS, I get my insulin from Aplus medical supply and they charge it thru pharmacy, and my pump supplies thru DME and I dont have any copay. So instead of my copay thru Caremark for the insulin, I get it from Aplus and have no copay on Continue reading >>

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