TRICARE pulls 15,000 pharmacies out of network
As of October 24, approximately 15,000 independent pharmacies are not in the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. This is due to a change in the contract. express scriptsDepartment of Defense TRICARE Pharmacy Contractor.
TRICARE says that over 90% of beneficiaries will still have an in-network pharmacy within 15 minutes from their home. However, the impact on the elderly living in rural areas – who already face barriers to access to care – remains to be seen.
“The Defense Health Agency is confident that the new pharmacy contract maintains the quality of the TRICARE retail pharmacy network,” said Edward Norton, Jr., chief of pharmacy operations division at the Defense Health Agency. “Some independent pharmacies are going away, but Tricare families will continue to have access to an excellent network of pharmacies.”
Express Scripts sent letters to the beneficiaries informing them of the change. If you have a prescription at one of the out-of-network pharmacies and want to transfer it to a new retail network pharmacy, beneficiaries can accessfind a pharmacyTool to find retail network pharmacies in your area.
Here are three easy ways to transfer your prescriptions:
– Take your medicine bottles to another participating network pharmacy. The pharmacy will inform you about their procedure.
– Call your doctor’s office. Tell them to ship your prescription to your new in-network pharmacy.
– Call your new in-network pharmacy and ask them to transfer your prescription.
If you have difficulty filling a prescription because your pharmacy has been removed from the Tricare retail pharmacy network, American Legion would like to hear from you by contacting the National Security Division email.[email protected],
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