Plan Prescription Drug Program Update
On January 1, 2008, UnitedHealth Care (UHC) and Medco will replace Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and Caremark as vendors for the Empire Plan Prescription Drug Program. The following information is current as of 12/19/07. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
UHC/Medco is contracting with
both retail chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies to participate in the Empire Plan
pharmacy network. They
expect to contract with most of the retail chain pharmacies currently in the
Empire Plan pharmacy network. They are still negotiating with Duane Reade, a
major New York City chain. If they
are unable to reach an agreement with the local, retail pharmacy you currently
use, you would still be able to use the pharmacy but your benefits would be
The first time you fill a
prescription at a retail pharmacy after January 1st, it may be
helpful to bring the following information:
Rx Group: UH0712959
Identification Number: 610014
If you previously used the
Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy and had refills remaining, your
prescription (except for compound drugs and controlled substances that will
require a new prescription) will be automatically transferred to the Medco Mail
Service Pharmacy as of January 1, 2008. The address for the Medco Mail
Service Pharmacy is:
P.O. Box 747000
Cincinnati, OH 45274-7000
should first call 1-877-7NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and select the
prompt for the Prescription Drug Program.
A link to the Medco website
will be posted on the Civil Service website by January 1, 2008. More detailed information about
the transition to Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield/Caremark is available in a
special Empire Plan Report which was mailed to all Empire Plan enrollees in
December. It is also posted on the Civil Service website www.cs.state.ny.us.
Click on the Benefit Programs link, then NYSHIP Online, then Using Your
Benefits, then Publications. Under Publications scroll down to select the Empire Plan
Prescription Drug Special Report, December 2007.
If you need additional
assistance, please contact Health Benefits in Contract Administration at
1-800-342-4306 or 518-785-1900 ext. 283.