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How Does a Prescription Drug Deductible Work?

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A prescription drug deductible is the amount you pay for drugs before we begin to pay our share. Several of our HMO plans have a prescription drug deductible.

Which of our plans has a prescription drug deductible?

How does a Prescription Drug Deductible Work?

How does a Prescription Drug Deductible Work?

Knowing how a prescription drug deductible works can help you avoid surprise prescription costs. For all the details on how it works, watch this short video.
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Our HMO Saver, Basic, and Value Rx plans have a prescription drug deductible for drugs on Tiers 3, 4, and 5. There is no deductible for drugs on Tier 1 and Tier 2.

How much is the deductible?

The prescription drug deductible is different depending on which plan you are in:

  • HMO Saver Rx has a $400 prescription drug deductible
  • HMO Basic Rx has a $350 prescription drug deductible
  • HMO Value Rx has a $300 prescription drug deductible

What is an example?

For example, if you are in the HMO Value Rx plan and have a prescription for a drug on tier 3, 4, or 5 you would pay the first $300 of your prescriptions before your coverage begins. Once you pay your deductible in full, you would just have a copay for any prescriptions. $300 is the total amount of the deductible for Tiers 3, 4, and 5. You will not pay $300 per tier. (The deductible does not apply to drugs on tier 1 or 2. Your copay for drugs on tiers 1 and 2 would be the same whether you have paid your deductible in full or not.)

How to tell if you are close to meeting the deductible

The best way to keep track of how close you are to meeting your deductible is to check your Caremark Explanation Of Benefits, or EOB, which is mailed to members with prescription drug coverage. If you have any questions, you can always give us a call. 

What is a tier?

Every drug in the formulary (drug list) has a tier number. You’ll find the tier number listed next to each drug. The tier number determines the general cost of the drug. In general, the lower the tier, the lower your cost for the drug. Plus, if the retail amount for a drug is lower than your copay, you pay the lower amount.

Are there any plans that don't have a prescription drug deductible?

Yes, our HMO Prime Rx and HMO Prime Rx Plus plans don’t have a prescription drug deductible. And, of course, our plans that do not include prescription drug coverage also do not have a prescription drug deductible.

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