Tricare For Life beneficiaries will soon receive letters guiding them to Tricare Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy for some prescriptions, Darnall announced Tuesday.
Officials said home delivery saves beneficiaries money, time, transportation costs and automatically delivers refills.
During the week of Feb. 18, Tricare began sending letters to affected beneficiaries, which are those using Medicare, to notify them of the pilot. Home delivery and military pharmacies are the two most cost-effective choices for both beneficiaries and the Defense Department.
The pharmacy pilot starts March 15 and requires Tricare beneficiaries who use Tricare For Life to get certain medications through home delivery or at a military pharmacy. The pilot applies to refills of maintenance medications taken regularly for chronic conditions. As part of the pilot, Tricare will stop paying for these medications from a retail pharmacy. The pilot does not apply to medications for acute conditions taken for a limited time, such as antibiotics or pain medications, and at this time, does not apply to generic drugs.
Congress mandated the pilot in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. It lasts for five years, although beneficiaries may choose to opt out after filling an affected prescription under the pilot through home delivery for one year.
Beneficiaries may call the Tricare pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts at 1-877-882-3335 or go to www.express-scripts.com/tricare to switch to home delivery or with questions about their medications.
For more on the pilot program, go to www.tricare.mil/tflpilot.