A drug formulary is a list of FDA-approved generic and brand-name prescription drugs and supplies covered by Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI). ESI places covered drugs into three levels: preferred generic, preferred brand, non-preferred or specialty.
Preferred drugs are covered at a lower cost to you. Non-preferred drugs are covered, but you will pay more than if you choose preferred generic or preferred brand drugs. If your health care provider prescribes a non-preferred drug, discuss preferred alternative options with your provider.
There are some drugs that are not covered. These drugs have a covered alternative option that can be discussed with your provider. In most cases, if you fill a prescription for one of these drugs, you will pay the full retail price. Your provider may request a clinical exception to cover the drug by calling Express Scripts’ Prior Authorization Line. Approved exceptions are covered as a non-preferred drug.
If you are in the PPO 750 or PPO 1250 plan and your prescription allows for generic substitution, but you choose a brand name drug, you will pay the generic copayment and the cost difference between the brand-name and generic drug. The difference does not apply to the prescription out-of-pocket maximum.
ESI’s preferred formulary list is available here (2022 Formulary List with Exclusions|2023 Formulary List with Exclusions) or by contacting ESI, and can change throughout the year. If you have a question about a drug you take, please call ESI at 800-797-5754.
This formulary applies to benefits provided under MCHCP's non-Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Medicare Advantage Plan members use the Express Scripts Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, and have a separate formulary.
Brand-for-Generic Substitution Program
The plan will prefer select brand drugs, as decided by ESI, and not cover their higher net-cost generic equivalent. Members will pay the generic copayment for the brand in this program.
There are certain medications that MCHCP will cover at 100%, when accompanied by a prescription and filled at a network pharmacy. See Preventive Services for more information.
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