On Feb. 1, TRICARE will implement changes to copays for most prescription drugs. The military’s managed health-care agency wants beneficiaries to use less costly options. Beneficiaries still will not have to pay anything for all medications they receive through military pharmacies, and any generic prescriptions they receive through mail order. Home delivery of brand-name drugs now will cost $20 for a 90-day supply, up from $16. At civilian retail pharmacies, brand-name drugs now will cost $20 to $24 for a 30-day supply, while the price for generic drugs at these businesses would rise to $10 from $8. Beneficiaries also should expect to see price increases for non-formulary drugs, and drugs obtained from pharmacies that are not in TRICARE’s network. The agency stated that beneficiaries can save as much as $206 this year for each brand-name prescription they opt for home delivery instead of retail pharmacies.
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