Under certain circumstances, the plan can offer a temporary supply of a drug to you when your drug is not on the Drug List or when it is restricted in some way. Doing this gives you time to talk with your doctor about the change in coverage and figure out what to do.
To be eligible for a temporary supply, you must meet the two requirements below:
During the time when you are getting a temporary supply of a drug, you should talk with your doctor to decide what to do when your temporary supply runs out. Perhaps there is a different drug covered by the plan that might work just as well for you. Or you and your doctor can ask the plan to make an exception for you and cover the drug in the way you would like it to be covered.
For those members with Level of Care Changes: If you change your level of care, such as a move from a hospital to a home setting, and you need a drug that is not on our formulary or if your ability to get your drugs is limited, we will cover a one-time temporary supply for up to 30 days (or 31-day supply if you are a long-term care resident) when you go to a network pharmacy. During this period, you can discuss alternative treatments with your doctor or use the plan’s exception process if you wish to continue coverage of the drug after the temporary supply is finished. Our transition policy will not cover drugs that Medicare does not normally cover, such as benzodiazepines or barbiturates.
Last updated: 07/25/2012
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island depends on contract renewal.