All GIC health plans provide benefits for prescription drugs using a three-tier copayment structure in which your copayments vary, depending on the drug dispensed.  Contact the plans you are considering with questions about your specific medications.

Tier 1: You pay the lowest copayment.  This tier is primarily made up of generic drugs, although some brand name drugs may be included.  Generic drugs have the same active ingredients in the same strength as their brand name counterparts.  Brand name drugs are almost always significantly more expensive than generics.

Tier 2: You pay the mid-level copayment.  This tier is primarily made up of brand name drugs, selected based on reviews of the relative safety, effectiveness and cost of the many brand name drugs on the market.  Some generics may also be included.

Tier 3: You pay the highest copayment.  This tier is primarily made up of brand name drugs not included in Tiers 1 or 2. Generic or brand name alternatives for Tier 3 drugs may be available in Tiers 1 or 2.

Tip for Reducing Your Prescription Drug Costs

Use Mail Order:  Are you taking prescription drugs for a long-term condition, such as asthma, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol?  Switch your prescription from a retail pharmacy to mail order It can save you money –$5 -$30 for three months of medication, depending on the tier.  See the plan pages for copay details. Once you begin mail order, you can conveniently order refills by phone or online.  Contact your plan for details.

UniCare Prescription Drug Formulary and Prior Authorization Change Effective July 1, 2015

To control escalating prescription drug costs, the GIC is moving to a new formulary for all UniCare members. Certain high-cost drugs with lower-cost alternatives will only be covered based on medical necessity. Prior authorization will be required. For additional details, contact CVS/caremark.

Prescription Drug Programs

Some GIC plans have the following programs to encourage the use of safe, effective and less costly prescription drugs.  Contact the plans you are considering to find out details about these programs:

  • Mandatory Generics – When filling a prescription for a brand name drug for which there is a generic equivalent, you will be responsible for the cost difference between the brand name drug and the generic, plus the generic copay.
  • Step Therapy – This program requires enrollees to try effective, less costly drugs before more expensive alternatives will be covered. 
  • Maintenance Drug Pharmacy Selection – If you receive 30-day supplies of your maintenance drugs at a retail pharmacy, you must call your prescription drug plan to tell them whether or not you wish to change to 90-day supplies through either mail order or certain retail pharmacies.
  • Specialty Drug Pharmacies – If you are prescribed injected or infused specialty drugs-you may need to use a specialized pharmacy which can provide you with 24-hour clinical support, education and side effect management.  Medications are delivered to your home or doctor’s office.

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Reminders and Warnings

For most GIC Medicare enrollees, the drug coverage you currently have through your GIC health plan is a better value than a basic Medicare Part D drug plan.  Therefore, most individuals should not enroll in an individual federal Medicare drug plan.  See the Medicare Part D page for additional details.


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .