Blue Shield Rx Plus for California is a 2019 Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. It's approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medcaid Services (CMS) for people in California with Medicare benefits.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), this plan's quality is Above Average, and rated it 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.
These are the areas of the plan that are important to compare and review:
- Premium & Deductible: The premium is the amount you will pay monthly. Plud, many plans have an annual deductible that must be met before cost sharing begins.
- Coverage Phases: Part D plans have an initial coverage limit, followed by a coverage gap, and then catastropic coverage. Some plans offer some coverage in the gap.
- Co-pays & Co-insurance: If you have regular prescriptions, it's critical to verify that your drugs are covered and to know what you will pay at the pharmacy.
- CMS Ratings: Important measurements across 4 different areas that will help you understand how well this plan will care for you.
This is a cost sharing based prescription drug plan (PDP). With the Blue Shield Rx Plus PDP you have several different costs, including the premium (monthly), a deductible (annual), and pharmacy co-pays and/or co-insurance.
The monthly premium is $81.10 ($973.20 paid annually). It breaks down as follows:
This plan is not available to people receiving low income subsidy (LIS) benefits.
The annual deductible is $415.00.
For 2019, the maximum Part D deductible in is $415. A plan with the maximum deductible does not necessarily mean that it is more expensive than a plan with a lower deductible or no deductible at all. You need to consider all costs.
You Pay the Premium + Deductible + Copayments
Here's a rundown of your shared costs. Like all other types of insurance, you must pay your premium. The premium has nothing to do with how many prescriptions you have filled. If the plan has a deductible, you must pay one hundred percent of your prescription costs until you reach the amount of the deductible. When the deductible is met, then you pay the copayment amount at the pharmacy. All other costs are paid by the plan until you hit the donut hole (initial coverage limit)
What You Pay Could Be Different
There are two conditions that could affect how much you pay for this plan. If you qualify for the Social Security Extra Help program your premium will generally be lower. Also, if you enrolled late the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service may impose a premium penalty. Contact your local California Medicare Insurance Agent to get an exact quote for your situation.
Blue Shield Rx Plus is a Basic PDP. At a minimum, Blue Shield of California must offer a "standard benefit" package mandated by law. The standard benefit includes an annual deductible and a gap in coverage, aka, donut hole. Carriers may also offer plans that:
- are actuarially equivalent to the standard benefit; or
- are enhanced, offering benefits in addition to the standard benefit.
Typically, enhanced plans offer additional coverage during the coverage gap. If you fell into the donut hole last year, shop enhanced plans.
Initial Coverage Limit
The ICL is the same for all California plans, but it changes from year-to-year. If you enroll in Blue Shield Rx Plus you share the cost of all covered medications with Blue Shield of California. You each pay your share until $3820.00 (retail spending) has been spent at the pharmacy. If you reach that level of spending on your prescriptions then you fall into the dreaded coverage gap and you are responsible for all costs. Fortunately, automatic discounts kick in to help you until you qualify for Medicare's catastrophic coverage in California.
Coverage Gap (aka, Donut Hole)
When you reach the coverage gap, commonly called the donut hole, you pay for your medications yourself. Most seniors never go into the coverage gap, but it is possible to hit it quickly if you have expensive long-term prescriptions.
If you reach the ICL (most seniors don't), then you are responsible for 100% of your prescription costs until your out-of-pocket costs hit $4,550 (excluding your monthly premiums and the amount paid by the plan). This is called the coverage gap or donut hole. The good news is that you get a 47.5% discount on brand-name prescription drugs and a 28% discount on generic drugs while you're in the gap. You get to the other side of the donut hole when you've spent $4,550, at which point you automatically qualify to receive catastrophic coverage from Medicare.
Additional Gap Coverage
Blue Shield Rx Plus does not offer additional assistance in the coverage gap. If you reached the coverage gap last year and were not able to afford your medications, be sure to check with your local California Medicaid office. You may qualify for additional assistance. The Social Security Administration's Extra Help program is another opportunity for seniors on Medicare who are not able to afford their prescriptions.
Copayment & Coinsurance Details
In addition to the monthly premium and annual deductible, the Blue Shield Rx Plus prescription drug plan has copayments (fixed dollar amount) and/or coinsurances (percentage) that you must pay when you pickup your medications. Here's the schedule for this plan:
|1 (Preferred Generic)||$2.00 copay||$8.00 copay|
|2 (Generic)||$6.00 copay||$15.00 copay|
|3 (Preferred Brand)||$31.00 copay||$38.00 copay|
|4 (Non-Preferred Drug)||31%||33%|
|5 (Injectable Drugs)||25%||25%|
|6 (Specialty Tier)||25%||25%|
IMPORTANT: In order to determine if this is the best PDP for you, it's critical that you lookup your prescriptions in the plan's formulary.
Medicare Part D Star Ratings
In this section we show you the quality rating for this plan. Each year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates prescription drug plans in four broad categories. We do not recommend joining a plan with an overall rating less than 3.0. The following marks will give you an idea of the level of care you will receive if you join this Blue Shield of California plan.
Contact Blue Shield of California
Here's the new member contact information for Blue Shield of California:
For assistance 24 hours a day, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048 or visit www.medicare.gov
If you are entitled to Medicare Part A (enrolled or not) or currently enrolled in Medicare Part B you may join the Blue Shield Rx Plus prescription drug plan. Unless you also receive benefits from Medicaid, enrollment in a Part D plan is voluntary. This plan is available in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, San Francisco, Oakland, Hayward, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Sacramento, Roseville, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Fresno, Bakersfield, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Sonoma, Napa, Stockton, Irvine, and all other towns and cities in California.
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The benefit information provided on this page is a brief summary only, not a complete description. Limitations, co-payments, and restrictions may apply. For more information contact the plan directly at (800)488-8000 or (711)- for TTY users.
You must live in the service area and be enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B in order to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan.
You must use network pharmacies to access drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. Restrictions may apply.
Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, premium, and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change January 1, of each year.
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Compare Blue Shield Rx Plus, a Medicare Part D Plan available in California for $81.10/month with a $415.00 annual deductible, with all 2019 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in CA. Find the best PDP plan for the medications you take and start saving.
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