[HEALTH.MIL] Time Has Come for TRICARE Beneficiaries to Move Their Maintenance Drugs Out of Retail

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  • Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 13:45:49 -0600

Time has come for TRICARE Beneficiaries to Move their Maintenance Drugs out of


This December, TRICARE beneficiaries can take action to avoid paying more for
some prescription drugs. If you fill a prescription for a
<http://www.health.mil/selectdruglist> select brand name maintenance drug
(http://www.health.mil/selectdruglist) at a retail pharmacy, you may need to
move your prescription to either a military pharmacy or TRICARE Pharmacy Home
Delivery. If not, you may have to pay full cost of your prescription.

Beneficiaries can move their prescriptions by contacting the TRICARE pharmacy
contactor, Express Scripts (ESI) at 1-877-363-1303 or by using ESI's
<https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/index.shtml> secure online portal

If you are an active duty service member, live overseas, or if you have other
prescription drug coverage, and can continue using retail pharmacies with no
changes to your current copays.

The new rule began October 1, 2015, but allows you to get two 30-day refills of
an affected drug from a retail pharmacy. For many, those two refills will run
out in December and their next prescription refill needs to be through Home
Delivery or at a military pharmacy.

If you're taking an affected drug, you should have received several
notifications from ESI. You can also check by calling ESI at 1-877-363-1303.

TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is a safe, convenient and low cost option to get
maintenance drugs. You'll save up to $176 a year for each brand name drug you
switch from retail to Home Delivery. If you want to use a
<http://www.tricare.mil/mtf.aspx> military pharmacy
(http://www.tricare.mil/mtf.aspx), make sure to check first to see if they carry
your prescription.

For more information about this change to TRICARE's pharmacy benefit, visit
<http://www.tricare.mil/RxNewRules> www.tricare.mil/RxNewRules. If you are
interested in learning more about the TRICARE pharmacy benefit, you can also
listen to the upcoming <https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/TRICAREPharmacy>
TRICARE pharmacy webinar (https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/TRICAREPharmacy),
featuring Dr. George Jones, chief of Pharmacy Operations at the Defense Health
Agency. Tune in on Wednesday, December 9 at 12 PM, EST. The webinar does not
require prior registration.

SOURCE: TRICARE News Release at

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