Drug Lists

Preferred Drug List (PDL)

Most of our plans use the Preferred Drug List (PDL). A PDL is a list of prescription drugs that an independent panel of doctors and pharmacists has chosen because they work well to treat your condition. They are also cost-effective. Drugs on the PDL will cost you less out of pocket than those not on the list. You and your doctor, however, have the freedom to choose the medication that works best for you. 

Excluded Drug List

This is a list of drugs that are excluded from coverage, as well as how to request a formulary exception for an excluded drug.

$0 Covered Drug List

Under Health Care Reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most health plans to cover certain drugs at $0 cost to members. View the $0 Covered Drug List.

Drug Management Programs

Not all members have all four of these programs. Please check your Schedule of Benefits to find out which ones apply to you. Or use the Coverage and Cost Tool to look up a specific drug. (This link leads to an independent site. That company is solely responsible for the content and privacy policies on its site.) This tool will tell you which, if any, drug management programs apply. The tool will also tell you whether the drug is on our PDL.

Prior Authorization

Most of our members need prior authorization for certain drugs. Learn how the Prior Authorization Program works.

Quantity Management

This program limits the amount of certain drugs your plan will cover. Learn how the Quantity Management Program works and which drugs are included in the program. 

Step Therapy

This program makes sure members get quality, cost-effective drug therapy. It groups drugs into two categories. Members must try one or more Step One Drugs before their plans will cover Step Two Drugs. Learn how the Step Therapy Program works and which drugs are included in the program.

Opioid Management Program

The Opioid Management program applies to all members and consists of daily quantity limits specific to each covered opioid drug and prior authorization requirements for certain prescribing situations. Learn how the Opioid Management Program works and which drugs are included in the program. 

Specialty Drugs

Specialty drugs are prescription medications that are used to treat complex or chronic medical conditions like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis, just to name a few. Depending on your plan, you may pay a different copayment or coinsurance for drugs on the Specialty Drug List

Some members are subject to separate management programs for specialty drugs that are covered under their medical benefits.

Specialty Drug Medical Benefit Programs

Specialty drugs are prescription medications that are used to treat complex or chronic medical conditions like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis, just to name a few. Many groups have implemented programs designed to manage the use of these drugs through the medical benefit.

Prior Authorization

Some medical (injectable/infusible) specialty drugs require prior authorization. Learn how the Medical Prior Authorization program works and which drugs are included.

Self-Administered Drugs

Certain self-administered specialty drugs are only covered under the pharmacy benefit. Learn how the Self-Administered Drug program works and which drugs are included.

Site of Care

Some infused specialty medications must be administered at home or at an infusion suite. Learn more about the Site of Care program and which drugs are included.