Font Size
    • Share to Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Email
    • Print

17. Can network pharmacies charge different prices for the same covered drug?

Yes. What you pay for drugs may vary, depending upon how the plan sets up its network. Plans are allowed to have preferred and non-preferred network pharmacies, and they are allowed to charge more for drugs purchased at the non-preferred locations. They may also charge less if you use a mail order pharmacy.

The pricing difference will be very limited if you are receiving a low-income subsidy. In that case, for the remainder of 2016 you will pay no more than $7.40 for your brand-name drugs ($2.95 for generics) as long as you go to a pharmacy that is in the plan’s network. In 2017, costs are no more than $8.25 for each brand-name and $3.30 for each generic covered drug.


Subscribe e-Alerts

Sign up to receive National Committee updates on Social Security and Medicare.

Read Our Blog

New Bill in U.S. House Boosts Social Security Benefits, Keeps System Solvent for Decades

Legislation just introduced in the U.S. House would put extra money in Social Security beneficiaries’ pockets while keeping the system solvent through the rest of this century. Rep. John Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act does all of that and something more: It gives lie to the myth that Social Security is going bankrupt and the only way to fix it is by cutting benefits.

Read More




Copyright © 2017 by NCPSSM
Login  |