Tricare users, get set to pay more for prescription drugs

Julia LeDoux
October 04, 2019 - 2:39 pm

Nellis AFB Public Affairs

Tricare users, get set to pay more for prescription drugs.

When the calendar turns to Jan. 1, 2020, a 90-day supply of generic drugs ordered from Tricare’s Express Scripts mail-order pharmacy will increase from $7 to $10.

That’s according to Express Scripts Senior Manager for External Affairs Katie Walker.

“Congress passed and the president signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2018, which established changes to Tricare prescription copayments every two years for the calendar years of 2018 through 2027,” she said.

Walker added that all active duty service members will continue to have a $0 co-pay for prescriptions at any pharmacy.

Tricare users who get their generic drug prescriptions filled at retail pharmacies will see costs go from $11 to $13 for a 30-day supply, she said. Brand-name prescriptions will increase from $28 to $33 for a month’s supply.

Users will shell out $7 more a month and pay $60 for a 30-day supply for drugs that are not on Tricare’s list of fully-covered prescriptions, according to Walker.

Prescriptions filled on military installations continue to be free.

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