Benefits Plans - Prescription Drug Plan
Generics part of why U-M’s drug plan outperforms most others, March 1, 2013
U-M's prescription drug plan continues to better U.S. averages, according to the 2012 Prescription Drug Plan Annual Report. Total drug costs for the U-M plan rose from $91.1 million in 2011 to $93.6 million in 2012, a growth rate of 3.5 percent. That’s a win over the 3.75 percent average reported by the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute’s survey of plan sponsors and a performance victory alongside the 6.5 percent projection of cost growth by the Segal Health Plan Cost Trend Survey. U-M’s self-insured prescription drug plan has been beating the averages for the last ten years, but how? Click here to read more.
U-M Diabetes Medication Cost-Reduction Program ended on December 31, 2012.
The university discontinued the diabetes medication cost-deduction program on December 31 based on pilot study findings. Click here to read more.
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The University of Michigan provides outpatient prescription drug coverage for faculty, staff, benefit-eligible graduate students, retirees, and their dependents enrolled in a U-M health plan through the U-M Prescription Drug Plan. The plan is administered by MedImpact HealthCare Systems, Inc.
This site contains comprehensive information to help you understand the policies and procedures of the U-M Prescription Drug Plan, explaining how to obtain prescription medication under the plan, and providing information for physicians.
- For changes to the drug plan, such as new drugs approved each month, view Drug Updates and New Releases.
- To find co-pay costs for a drug, view Costs and Co-Pays.
- To see if your prescribed medication is covered by the plan, view the U-M Formulary.
- Certain drugs have quantity limits and/or require special approval before they can be purchased through the plan. For a list of these drugs, see Coverage.
- For mail-order refills, go to the NoviXus Pharmacy Services website dedicated to U-M Prescription Drug Plan members: https://umich.novixus.com/.
- Log in to the MedImpact website for U-M members at https://mp.medimpact.com/umh to:
- Locate a network pharmacy near you
- Retrieve prescription drug co-pay estimates from any pharmacy within the MedImpact network
- View your secure medication history profile
- Check the status of your drug plan Prior Authorization(s)
What You Should Know about Pharmaceutical Copay Discount Cards
If you have a medical condition for which a blockbuster drug has been developed, chances are you have seen or used a discount card. Discount cards are typically offered to you at the time of your visit to the doctor’s office, as prescriptions are being written. The cards eliminate or reduce your copay amount so that you can use a brand-name drug at little or no cost.
These discount cards can dramatically increase the cost of the University of Michigan Prescription Drug Plan, which can result in higher premiums for you. The U-M drug plan encourages you to use generics, which are the equivalent to brand drugs. When a generic drug is available and your doctor feels it is the right choice for you, generics are the more cost-effective choice for you and the plan.
The next time you are offered a copay card for a specific brand name drug, ask your doctor if a generic drug is available. Affordability and overall cost are important to the U-M Prescription Drug Plan, and the decisions you make today will impact your cost in the future. By working together and making smart decisions, we can all help maintain the value and affordability of our pharmacy benefits in the future.
Notice for Medicare-Eligible Retirees
After careful review of the new Medicare Part D Plan, the University of Michigan strongly urges Medicare-eligible active employees (and their dependents enrolled in the U-M plan) NOT to enroll in Medicare Part D plan. You do not have to do anything in order to retain your current prescription drug coverage in the University of Michigan plan.
Overview of Plan Features
The Prescription Drug Plan provides coverage for FDA approved drugs prescribed by a physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner up to a maximum of 90 days supply per fill, if your physician prescribes that amount.
The drug plan provides a consistent benefit and scope of coverage for all members. For example:
- Psychiatric drugs, oral contraceptives and devices, and smoking cessation products are covered for all participants.
- A convenient, secure mail order service, administered by NoviXus, offers delivery of a 90-day supply of medications to your home, office, or elsewhere in the United States.
- A website dedicated to U-M Prescription Drug Plan members for mail order refills is available at https://umich.novixus.com/.
All eligible participants who enroll in university health plans—active employees, retirees, and dependents—are automatically enrolled in the U-M Prescription Drug Plan.
Pharmacy Benefit Manager
MedImpact HealthCare Systems, Inc. administers the University of Michigan Prescription Drug Plan. Call MedImpact Member Service toll free at 1-800-681-9578. Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) is available for persons who are deaf by dialing 711.
Show Your MedImpact ID Card When Filling Prescriptions
When your doctor writes a prescription for you, take it to a participating pharmacy and show the pharmacist your ID card from MedImpact. The pharmacist will confirm your enrollment in the U-M Prescription Drug Plan and fill your prescription at the appropriate plan co-pay. Temporary ID cards are available if needed.
Overrides for supplies larger than 90 days needed for extended travel outside the U.S. may be arranged by contacting the Benefits Office.
The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.