First: June 7, 2013
Last: June 9, 2013
Just signed up with AARP Medicare Drug Plan and went to fill my first prescription, which is for levothyroxine (thyroid). This drug sells for $10 for 90 days at Wal-Mart, Sams and Costco. Walgreens charged me $15. AARP Medicare Rx plan paid 17 cents. I then looked carefully at the formulary list they sent. Only a dozen drugs were Tier 1, which is preferred generic. Rest of the generics are Tier 2, meaning much higher copay. This is a ripoff and quite unfair; you'd get over 400 generic drugs for $10 for 90 days at Wal-Mart. There are numerous medicines on the formulary being charged Tier 2, which are on Wal-Mart's $10 list.
I will just have to be a smart shopper from now on, and ASK FOR PRICE FIRST! By the way, on Blue Cross, levothyroxine is a Tier 1 drug. Also I plan to write to customer service. If they don't move this drug to Tier 1, I will write to my Congressmen and see if they can do anything. As I see it, any drug on Wal-Mart's $10 for 90 day list should be Tier 1. Oh, I could have paid $10 by using mail order, but the point in question is the TIER. Besides, I like Costco, and I'll get it there in future paying cash.
Oh by the way I complained about the awful phone system at the drug plan customer service in another post, and they seem to have fixed the problem which is so reassuring, that they are listening. Hope UHC will continue to value and respect their customers and listen to us.