I received an email from my medication supplier regarding the co-pay for diabetic supplies. The co-pay is increasing to $22 for most of the meters, while some will be $9.00.
Dear TRICARE Beneficiary,
I am writing to inform you of recent changes to the Department of Defense (DoD) TRICARE Pharmacy Program Uniform formulary. On October 24, 2008, the Director, TRICARE Management Activity approved recommendations from the DoD Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee for the Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Systems test strips and lancets. The DoD P&T Committee selected the most clinically effective and cost effective blood glucose test strips for inclusion on the Uniform formulary (Tier 2) and designated other products as non-formulary (Tier 3).
Your medication history indicates that you are or have used diabetic supplies recently. I encourage you to talk to your health care provider about using one of the formulary test strips (Tier 2) listed in the table on the enclosed page titled “List of Blood Glucose Test Strips”. Non-formulary (Tier 3) test strips remain available to you, but at a higher co-pay of $22 (unless you are on Active duty). TRICARE will not cover a non-formulary test strip for Active duty service members.
Based on the review of these products, the manufacturers of the Uniform Formulary test strips are offering one free blood glucose meter per patient. Please see the details of this additional benefit on the enclosed page titled “Special Note for Blood Glucose Test Strip Users”.
Previously through TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP), Becton-Dickinson Ultra Fine II was the only lancet available. These lancets did not fit many of the auto-injectors used by our beneficiaries. In an effort to better meet the needs of our beneficiaries and to preserve pharmacy dollars, beginning March 18, 2009, many popular brands (including Becton-Dickinson Ultra Fine II lancets) will be available through TMOP. Submit a valid prescription for the specific lancets you desire and receive a 90 day supply at the $9 co-pay. For a list of popular brands available, see the enclosed page titled “List of Available Lancets at TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy”.
For questions, call TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy customer service at 1-866-363-8667 or call TRICARE Retail Pharmacy customer service at 1-866-363-8779. We at TRICARE are proud to serve our nation’s military heroes and their families and are committed to providing them the world’s best health care.
Major General, MC, USA
Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity
These meters qualify for the $9.00 co-pay with Tri-Care. Medicare will probably pick up the copay for those of us on both insurance programs. In any case, please check with your TriCare office to ensure that you are not going to pay the higher co-pay.
Special Note for Blood Glucose Test Strip Users
Free Blood Glucose Meter
Are you currently using one of the Non-formulary test strips? Would you like to upgrade to a newer Formulary meter at no cost? If so, see the details below.
Call the manufacturers listed below, your local Military Treatment Facility pharmacy, or clinic for information on how to upgrade to a new no-cost formulary meter.
Phone or internet:
To receive one free meter:
Phone - 1-800-348-8100 (Hours of Operation: 24 hours daily, 7 days per week)
To receive a free meter using the website, click on the “home” tab then click on “Contour”
Precision Xtra, Freestyle Lite or Freestyle Freedom Lite meter
To receive one of these three meters:
Phone - 1-866-224-8892, Hours of Operation: 8am-10pm EST, Mon-Fri
Email – OrderFulfillment@abbottcustomercare.com
Website - www.Meters.AbbottDiabetesCare.com
All orders shipped FedEx overnight. Orders received by 1pm EST will be received by the customer on the next day.
To receive one free meter:
Phone - 1-800-858-8072 (Hours of Operation: 24 hours daily, 7 days per week)
Website - www.accu-chek.com