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Prescription Drug Resources

Blue Medicare Rx (PDP)

Blue Medicare Rx (PDP)

This plan uses a prescription drug formulary.1 Benefits are limited to the drugs on this formulary unless an exception is approved by the plan.

  • Drugs that are excluded include:  
    • Agents when used for anorexia, weight loss, or weight gain (even if used for a non-cosmetic purpose such as morbid obesity)
    • Agents when used to promote fertility
    • Agents when used for cosmetic purposes or hair growth
    • Agents when used for the symptomatic relief of cough and colds
    • Prescription vitamins and mineral products, except prenatal vitamins and fluoride preparations
    • Non-prescription drugs
    • Covered outpatient drugs which the manufacturer seeks to require as a condition of sale that associated tests or monitoring services be purchased exclusively from the manufacturer or its designee
    • Agents when used for the treatment of sexual or erectile dysfunction
  • Certain drugs have quantity limits.
  • Certain drugs require prior authorization.
  • Certain drugs require step therapy.
  • Drugs covered by Medicare Part B are not payable as Part D benefits. (Refer to your Medicare Part B coverage documents for Part B drug coverage.)
  • Compounded medications require an exception request to be approved.
  • Members must use network pharmacies to receive full benefits.
  • Drug benefits or services not described in the plan formulary or the Evidence of Coverage, or not required by law or regulations, are not covered.
  • Prescriptions filled by pharmacies outside the United States, even for a medical emergency are not covered.
  • Replacement of lost or stolen prescriptions are not covered.
  • Prescriptions filled prior to effective date of coverage or after disenrollment date are not covered.
  • Enhanced coverage gap drug benefits - In the coverage gap, you pay a copayment for Tier 1 preferred generics and 25% coinsurance for all other generics.
  • Standard coverage gap drug benefits - In the coverage gap, you pay 25% coinsurance for all drugs (brand or generic).
  • Medications cannot be refilled before 75% of the time period for the supply has passed. For example, if the prescription is written for a 30-day supply, then you may obtain a refill beginning on the 23rd day.
  • An exception request for a Tier 5 (Specialty Tier) drug to be paid at the lower cost-sharing level is not permissible under this plan.
  • In order to enroll in Blue Medicare Rx, you must reside within North Carolina. If you are in prison, you cannot join this plan.
  • After the initial enrollment period, you may not be able to switch plans until the next open enrollment period.
  • If you are eligible for Part D, and don't sign up in your initial enrollment period, you may have to pay more if you sign up later, due to a Medicare late enrollment penalty.
  • The plan's contract may be canceled by either the plan or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • Members enrolled under this plan may not have drug coverage through both a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and a Medicare supplemental plan.
  • Plan benefits and premium are subject to change annually.
  • All claims must be received within 3 years of the fill date. For example, if a drug is purchased on January 31, 2019, the claim must be received no later than January 31, 2022. Claims received after this time frame will not be eligible for coverage.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an HMO, HMO-POS PPO and PDP plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina depends on contract renewal.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Senior Health DBA Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an HMO-POS D-SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a NC State Medicaid Agency Contract (SMAC). Enrollment in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Senior Health depends upon contract renewal.

Blue Medicare Supplement plans offered: [Plan A: BMS A, 2/22, Plan G: BMS G, 2/22, Plan HI DED G: BMS HDG, 2/22, Plan K: BMS K, 2/22, Plan N: BMS N, 2/22.]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, mental or physical disability, health status, claims experience, medical history, genetic information, evidence of insurability, sexual orientation or source of payment. All Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina items and services are available to all eligible beneficiaries in the service area.

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  1. Formulary, pharmacy network and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

The information on this page is current as of 10092022 | Y0079_11785_M CMS Accepted 10092022 | U36079, 092020|