Five things to know about your prescription drug benefits

January 16, 2020

Automatically included with medical coverage through the Board of Pensions, prescription drug benefits help with the cost of your medications.

Got the flu? Need to watch your cholesterol? If you’ve visited the doctor recently, chances are you were given a prescription for one or more medications. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 48.4 percent of Americans used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days, while 24 percent used three or more.

If you have medical coverage through the Board, your coverage includes prescription drug benefits to help with the cost of medications — so you can follow your doctor’s orders and focus on your well-being.

Prescription drug benefit features

The Board’s prescription drug program includes many high-value features to ensure you receive safe and effective medications, while working to slow rising costs. Here are five features of your prescription drug benefits, to name a few:

  1. optional mail-order service for a 90-day supply of your medication, for less than you’d pay at a retail pharmacy
  2. special coverage for select preventive medications to help protect against or manage a medical condition, such as preventing heart disease or reducing the risk of a stroke, with lower out-of-pocket costs for you
  3. online tools from OptumRx, our pharmacy benefits manager, including drug pricing and information; text notifications and reminders; and more
  4. shipping of specialty medications to your home or doctor’s office from Optum Specialty Pharmacy (formerly known as BriovaRx)
  5. medication safeguards, including prior authorization, step therapy, and quantity limits

Learn more about prescription drug benefits and how to use them.

*Those enrolled in Triple-S or GeoBlue should consult their plan for information about prescription drug benefits. Retired members covered by the Medicare Supplement Plan have access to similar prescription drug benefits through OptumRx but do not receive reduced copays for preventive drugs.