Transition Policy

Current members may be affected by changes in our formulary from one year to the next. Members should talk to their doctors to decide if they should switch to an appropriate drug that we cover or request a formulary exception (which is a type of coverage) in order to get coverage for a non-covered drug. See Chapter 9: Section 6.2 of your Evidence of Coverage document (under “What is an exception”) to learn more about how to request an exception. Please contact our Customer Service department if your drug is either not in our formulary, is subject to certain restrictions (such as prior or step therapy) or will no longer be in our formulary next year, or if you need help switching to an appropriate drug that we cover or if you are requesting a formulary exception.


During the period of time members are talking to their doctors to determine the right course of action, we may provide a temporary supply of the non-formulary drug if those members need a refill for the drug during the first 90 days of new membership in our Plan. If you are a current member affected by a formulary change from one year to the next, we will provide a temporary supply of the non-formulary drug if you need a refill for the drug during the first 90 days of the new plan year to provide you with the opportunity to request a formulary exception in advance for the following year.


For each of the drugs that aren't in our formulary or that have coverage restrictions or limits, we will cover a temporary 30-day supply (unless the prescription is written for fewer days) when a new or current member goes to a network pharmacy (and the drug is otherwise a “Part D drug”). After we cover the temporary 30-day supply, we generally will not cover further cost of these drugs as part of our transition policy. We will provide you with a written notice after we cover your temporary supply. This notice will explain the steps you can take to request an exception and how to work with your doctor to decide if you should switch to an appropriate drug that we do cover.


If a current member, who is a resident of a long-term-care facility and has been enrolled in our Plan for more than 90 days, needs a drug that isn’t on our formulary or is subject to other restrictions, such as step therapy or dosage limits, we will cover a temporary 31-day emergency supply of that drug (unless the prescription is for fewer days) while the current member pursues a formulary exception.


Please note that our transition policy applies only to those drugs that are “Part D drugs” and that are bought at a network pharmacy. The transition policy can not be used to buy a non-Part D drug or a drug out of network, unless you qualify for out of network access.