N.C. Health Plan generic prescription clarification

BCBSNC recently announced plans to waive copayments for all generic medications, beginning Jan. 1. However, State Health Plan members receive their pharmacy benefits through MEDCO, not BCBSNC.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) recently announced plans to waive copayments for all generic medications, beginning Jan. 1.The program will run for six months, ending June 30. This program does not pertain to State Health Plan (SHP) members because their pharmacy benefits are not administered through BCBSNC. The SHP pharmacy benefit administrator is MEDCO.

SHP members are always encouraged to shop around for their prescriptions and take advantage of one of the many available discounted generic programs. Many national and local retail pharmacies now offer generics at discounted prices. Generic medications may cost only $4 for a one-month supply, or $10 for a three-month supply. Be sure to check the list of discounted generics at each pharmacy, as they often vary. 

The SHP is exploring opportunities to offer generics in certain drug classes at lower costs in the future, with the goal of promoting adherence to chronic medications and providing cost savings to members. We will keep you informed of upcoming programs as they develop.

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