What to do if your drugs aren't on the Drug List (formulary) or are limited in some way.
Sometimes, you may take a prescription drug that isn’t on your plan’s Drug List or it’s subject to certain limits. Whether you’re a new member or a continuing member, there’s a way to get help.
Start by talking to your doctor. He/she can help decide if there’s another drug on the Drug List you can switch to. If there isn’t a good alternative drug, you or your doctor can ask for a formulary exception. If the exception is approved, you can keep getting your current drug for a certain period of time.
Review your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) to find out exactly what your plan covers. If you’re a continuing member, you’ll get an Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC). Review the ANOC carefully to find out if your current drugs will be covered the same way in the upcoming year.
Whether you’re switching drugs or waiting for an exception approval, you may be eligible for a transition supply of your current drug.
- You must get your 1-month supply, as described in EOC, during the first 90 days with the plan as a new member OR within the first 90 days of the calendar year if you are a continuing member and your drug has encountered a negative formulary change.
- You may also be eligible for a one-time, temporary 1-month supply if you qualify for an emergency fill while residing in a long-term care (LTC) facility after the first 90 days as a new member or you have encountered a level of care change.
- If your doctor writes your prescription for fewer days, you may refill the drug until you’ve received at least a 1-month supply, as described in your EOC.
When am I eligible?
The table below covers when you may be eligible for temporary transition supplies of prescription drugs. Be sure to read your plan’s Evidence of Coverage for details.
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If you’re out of medication after receiving a temporary transition supply and you’re working with your prescriber to switch to an alternative drug or request an exception, call the number on the back of your member ID card or contact UnitedHealthcare Customer Service.
How do I ask for a formulary exception?
- Your doctor can ask for a formulary exception by using the online tool at https://professionals.optumrx.com. This is recommended for a faster response.
- You can call the number on the back of your member ID card or contact UnitedHealthcare Customer Service.
- You can download this form and follow the instructions
Medicare Part D Coverage Determination Request Form (PDF) [Updated 11/18/2019]