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Ultimate Health Plans provides a comprehensive formulary which is a list of covered Part D drugs. Please note the formulary may change throughout the year. An updated comprehensive formulary is posted monthly. To search for a covered drug on our formulary, click on the Prescription Drug link below. Please select your plan name or number to begin your search. You can also download a copy of the formulary by clicking on your plan’s PDF version.Get Adobe Reader by clicking here.
Most of the changes in drug coverage happen at the beginning of each year (January 1). However, during the year, the plan might make many kinds of changes to the Drug List. For example, the plan might:
In almost all cases, we must get approval from Medicare for changes we make to the plan’s Drug List. If we make any such change to our Formulary during the year, and you are taking the drug affected by the change, we will notify you of the change at least 60 days in advance. However, if a drug is recalled from the market, we will remove the drug from our Formulary immediately and notify you about the change as soon as possible.
When formulary updates are available, they can be found on our website.
Ultimate Health Plans provides coverage for Diabetic Supplies. Traditional blood glucose monitors (BGM), test strips, lancet devices, lancets, and glucose control solutions are covered through the Part B benefit.
OneTouch® (Johnson & Johnson) traditional BGM and test strips are the preferred diabetic products. OneTouch® products can be obtained through your local in-network retail or mail-order pharmacy.
All plans - Premier, Advantage Care, Advantage Plus (except for Premier Plans 046 and 047)
Premier Plans 046 and 047
Other non-preferred brands of glucose monitors and test strips (including generic products) are available through the plan’s in-network Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers, which can be found in the Provider & Pharmacy Directory or by visiting https://www.chooseultimate.com/Home/FindDoctor
Continuous glucose monitors (CGM), i.e., Freestyle Libre, Dexcom, and supplies, are not available at retail pharmacies. However, they are available through the plan’s in-network DME providers and require prior authorization.
Medicare provides “Extra Help” to pay prescription drug costs for people who have limited income and resources. If you qualify, you get help paying for Ultimate Health Plans’ monthly premium, yearly deductible, and prescription copayments. This "Extra Help" also counts toward your out-of-pocket costs. If you automatically qualify for "Extra Help" Medicare will mail you a letter. You will not have to apply. If you do not automatically qualify you may be able to get "Extra Help" to pay for your prescription drug premiums and costs. To see if you qualify for getting "Extra Help", call:
Medicare uses data from states and Social Security to determine the level of Extra Help (also called the low-income subsidy) for which a person may qualify. This Extra Help can inclide assistance paying monthly premiums and may reduce or elimate copayments. If Medicare doesn’t have the right information, its systems may show incorrect copayment levels, or they may not show that an eligible person qualifies for Extra Help. This discrepancy may happen when the state hasn’t successfully reported a person’s Medicaid or institutionalized status.
Ultimate Health Plans must use "Best Available Evidence" (BAE) to correct information about a person’s level of Extra Help. Once we get BAE documentation, we can’t charge a person more than the maximum cost sharing for that person’s level of Extra Help. If you believe you have qualified for Extra Help and you believe that you are paying an incorrect cost-sharing amount when you get your prescription at a pharmacy, our plan has established a process that allows you to either request assistance in obtaining evidence of your proper copayment level, or, if you already have the evidence, to provide this evidence to us. For more information on our process, please refer to the Evidence of Coverage, Chapter 2, Section 7, Information about programs to help people pay for their prescription drugs.
You can also download the document below for detailed information on how to use Best Available Evidence to correct your LIS status.
To view and download materials related to the CMS Best Available Evidence (BAE) policy, please click on the following link: CMS Website BAE Page for Policy and Guidance
If you get extra help from Medicare to help pay for your Medicare prescriptions drug plan costs, your monthly plan premium will be lower than what it would be if you did not get extra help from Medicare.
If you get extra help, your monthly plan premium will be $0 for any of the plan(s) below. (This does not include any Medicare Part B premium you may hanve to pay).
Ultimate Health Plans premium includes coverage for both medical services and prescription drug coverage. To download the Ultimate Health Plans LIS Premium Summary Sheet, including information on how to find out if you qualify, please click on the following link.
OptumRx’s name and logo will appear on forms we use to communicate about your prescription drug benefits. OptumRx processes prescriptions, maintains our drug list and negotiates discounts and rebates with drug manufacturers. To locate network pharmacies, search for drugs on the prescription drug list, or download the home delivery mail order and prescription request forms click on the link below. You will also find educational videos regarding home delivery, formulary, and exception requests.
Manage your Mail Order Prescriptions and Pharmacy Benefits through the OptumRx Member Portal. View mail order prescription information, order refills and track your orders.
We hope that your drug coverage will work well for you, but it’s possible that you might have a problem. If your drug is not on the Drug List or is restricted, here are things you can do (please see the Evidence of Coverage, Chapter 5: Using the plan’s coverage for your Part D prescription drugs, for more detailed information):
If you and your provider want to ask for an exception, Chapter 9, Section 6.4 of the Evidence of Coverage tells what to do. It explains the procedures and deadlines that have been set by Medicare to make sure your request is handled promptly and fairly. You will also need to fill out the form below. This form can be used to request the following types of requests:
Ultimate Health Plans has a process for you to get your prescription drugs that are not on the formulary. If you are not able to get your prescription drug because it is not on the formulary or it requires prior authorization because of quantity limits or step therapy requirements, we can help. Please click below for additional information.
Ultimate Health Plans provides a Medication Therapy Management Program (MTMP) to help you improve the way you use your medications, so you get the most benefit out of your medications and reduce the risk for harmful drug events and interactions. This program is not a benefit but part of the pharmacy medication management program. It is offered at no cost to members who meet the eligibility criteria. This program is managed and conducted by licensed healthcare professionals. MTMP Services including Comprehensive Medication Reviews provide you (or designees) with medication reviews and care plans along with member and provider education on specific drug therapy topics. This service is available to Ultimate Health Plans members who meet the MTMP eligibility criteria.
Our goal is to ensure that our members receive safe, high-quality, cost-effective medication therapy. To achieve this goal, we use a Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee, whose goal is to improve the quality of care for Ultimate Health Plans members. To find out more about how Ultimate Health Plans ensures that your drugs are appropriate, medically necessary, and not likely to result in adverse medical effects, please click on the following link:
Do you have unused or expired medications and need a safe way to dispose of them? Before you throw them away, here is some information you should know.
For safety reasons, unused or expired medications should be disposed of as soon as possible.
For additional information about safe disposal visit Drug Disposal: Drug Take Back Options .
Members can request Deterra disposal kits at any time and can receive 2 kits per request by calling OptumRx member services: 800-311-7517. Members do not need to use Optum Home Delivery to request the kits.
You can also dispose of expired medication properly at home by following these steps:
Lastly, place the sealed container with the medication mixture in the trash.
Stay informed about the latest drug recalls by the FDA. The Drug Recall Alert keeps you informed of prescription drugs that have recently been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If you are taking a medication that has been recalled, you should:
For an immediate list of recalled drugs please visit the link below.