Request an exception for a prescription or medical drug

You can call us or use a Medicare Part D coverage determination request form (PDF) to ask Priority Health to:

  • Cover a drug even if it is not on our formulary. If approved, this drug will be covered at a pre-determined cost-sharing level, and you would not be able to ask us to provide the drug at a lower cost-sharing level.
  • Cover a formulary drug at a lower cost-sharing level if this drug is not on the specialty tier. If approved this would lower the amount you must pay for your drug.
  • Waive coverage restrictions or limits on your drug. For example, for certain drugs, Priority Health Medicare limits the amount of the drug that we will cover. If your drug has a quantity limit, you can ask us to waive the limit and cover a greater amount.
  • Cover a Part B medical drug. These are drugs you wouldn't usually give to yourself–like those you get at a doctor's office. Examples of drugs covered under Part B can include, but are not limited to:
    • Drugs used with durable medical equipment
    • Injectable and infused drugs
    • Blood clotting factors
    • Some oral end-stage renal disease drugs

To ask us to reimburse you for a covered prescription drug you paid for out of your pocket, use the Prescription expense reimbursement form (PDF).

Supporting statements from your doctor

If you are asking for a formulary, utilization management (prior authorization, step therapy, or quantity limit) or drug tier exception, you must have your doctor submit a supporting statement (see page 3 of the form) explaining the medical reasons why you should receive an exception. Your doctor may submit the supporting statement over the phone or in writing.

When you'll hear from us

Unless there are medical reasons for us to respond more quickly, we'll generally make a decision within 14 days of your request for a medical coverage decision.

Expedited decisions

If your request to expedite is granted, after we get a supporting statement from your doctor or other prescriber we must give you a decision within 24 hours for Part D prescription drug or Part B medical drug coverage decisions

If our coverage decision is in your favor

We must authorize the drug we agreed to provide. For prescription drug exceptions our approval is usually good for the rest of the calendar year.

Filing an appeal if you are not happy with our decision

If you aren't satisfied with the coverage decision we make, you can ask us to reconsider. This is called "filing an appeal." Learn how.