|Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Benefit Details in Plain Text|
|The following Medicare Prescription Drug plan (PDP) benefits apply to the BlueRx Essential (PDP) (S1030 - 006) in CMS Region 12, which includes all counties in AL TN.|
This plan is administered by BCBS OF ALABAMA & UTIC INSURANCE COMPANY, a national plan provider. This means that the insurance carrier offers Medicare Part D plan in most every state. To switch to a different Medicare Prescription Drug plan or to change your location, click here.
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|The BlueRx Essential (PDP) has a monthly premium of $34.40. That is $412.80 for 12 months. There are a few factors that can increase or decrease this premium. If you qualify for full or partial extra help, your premium will be lower. If you have a premium penalty, your premium will be higher. Or if you have a higher income you would be subject to the Income Related Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).|
|Plan Membership and Plan Ratings|
|The BlueRx Essential (PDP) (S1030 - 006) in CMS Region 12 currently has 15,483 members, and 15,483 members in the BlueRx Essential (PDP) nationwide.|
|The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given this plan carrier a summary rating of 3 stars. The detail CMS plan carrier ratings are as follows:|
|Prescription Drug Coverage: Deductible, Cost-sharing, Formulary|
|This plan has a $415 deductible. So, you are 100% responsible for the first $415 in medication costs. After you have met the deductible, the BlueRx Essential (PDP) will share the costs of your medications with you -- see cost-sharing below. $415 is the maximum deductible for 2019. There are other plans with a lower deductible or even a $0 deductible for all formulary drugs. Click here to review plans with a $0 deductible.|
|The following information is about the BlueRx Essential (PDP) formulary (or drug list). There are 2708 drugs on the BlueRx Essential (PDP) formulary. |
The BlueRx Essential (PDP) does offer a mail order service.
Click here to browse the BlueRx Essential (PDP) Formulary.
|The Initial Coverage Phase (ICP) can be thought of as the cost-sharing phase of the plan. During this phase, you and the insurance company share your prescription costs. Once you have spent $415, your initial coverage phase will start. All medication are divided into tiers within the plans formulary. This helps the plan to organize and manage the prescription cost-sharing. The BlueRx Essential (PDP)’s formulary is divided into 5 tiers. Every plan can name their tiers differently, and can place medications on any tier. The cost-sharing for this plan is divided as follows: |
The BlueRx Essential (PDP)’s Initial Coverage Limit is $3,820. When this limit is reached, you exit the Initial Coverage Phase and enter the Coverage Gap (or Donut Hole).
|The Coverage Gap, which is also known as the Donut (Doughnut) Hole is the phase of your Medicare Part D plan where
you are responsible for 100% of your medication costs. Healthcare Reform mandates that the insurance carrier pay 63% of your generic drug prescription costs in the donut hole on your behalf. |
The brand-name drug manufacturer will pay 70% and your plan will pay an additional 5% of the cost of your brand-name drugs purchased in the Donut Hole, for a total of 75% discount. The 70% paid by the brand-name drug manufacturer is paid on your behalf and therefore counts toward your TrOOP (or True Out-of-Pocket) costs. The portion paid by your plan, does not count toward TrOOP. Some Medicare Part D plans offer coverage during the Coverage Gap that is beyond the mandated discounts. Any drug not covered by the plan’s Gap Coverage will still receive the discounts noted above -- even if the plan has "No Gap Coverage". This plan (BlueRx Essential (PDP)) offers No Coverage during the Coverage Gap phase.