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Pharmacy copayments increase Feb. 1

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- TRICARE has announced that pharmacy copayments will increase for prescription drugs Feb. 1 for all beneficiaries except active duty service members.   

The increase is mandated by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and applies only to medications obtained from retail pharmacies and TRICARE home delivery services.  Prescriptions filled at military pharmacies remain at no cost.  Also, some survivors of active duty members may be eligible for lower cost-sharing amounts for medications. 

 

TRICARE groups medications into three categories: generic, brand name and non-formulary, which are drugs not approved by the health care plan and must be declared medically necessary by the health care provider.

 

Retail pharmacy copayments for a 30-day supply will increase from $10 to $11 for generic drugs, from $24 to $28 for brand-name drugs and from $50 to $53 for non-formulary drugs.

 

Home delivery copayments for a 90-day supply of medicine will increase from no cost to $7 for generic drugs, from $20 to $24 for brand-name drugs and from $49 to $53 for non-formulary drugs.

 

TRICARE will ship non-refrigerated medications to any address in the United States, U.S. territories or overseas military installation, except in Germany.

 

“Military pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery will remain the lowest cost option for beneficiaries,” said Lt. Col. Ann McManis, Defense Health Agency Pharmacy Operations Division.    

 

To sign up for home delivery service, visit: https://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/index.shtml.

 

For more information on prescription costs, visit: https://www.tricare.mil/pharmacycosts.