​Minnesota Health Care Programs (State Medical Assistance Programs) - Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) for all UCare members is Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI). 

UCare Connect (SNBC)  | MinnesotaCare (MnCare) | Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP)
Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC Plus)

 

Comprehensive Formularies:

UCare’s Minnesota Health Care Programs Formulary web page

FAQs about the Uniform Preferred Drug List for Providers

 

 

ePA is the preferred method to submit Prior Authorization requests to Express Scripts for pharmacy benefit drugs. Providers may use ePA through ExpressPAth, Surescripts, CoverMyMeds or through the Electronic Health Record.

Starting Jan 1, 2020, prior authorization requests for medical drugs administered in a doctor's office will be reviewed by Care Continuum, a subsidiary of Express Scripts. See information in Medical Injectable Drug Prior Authorization Resources. 

2019
 
2020
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Care Continuum, a subsidiary of Express Scripts, will review Medical Drug Prior Authorization requests for all UCare plans. See the 2020 Drug PA bulletin.
Submit an authorization request, on or after Jan. 1, 2020 using one of the following ways:
  • Online (ePA) via the ExpressPAth Portal at https:www.express-path.com/. Providers can submit requests, check on the status of submitted requests, and submit an authorization renewal on the ExpressPAth Portal. The site also provides 24/7 access, potential for real-time approvals, and email notifications once a decision is reached.
  • Fax an authorization form to Care Continuum at 1-877-266-1871.
  • Call Care Continuum at 1-800-818-6747.

Non-participating providers should send requests using this form

  • by fax to UCare Clinical Services at 612-884-2300.
  • or by mail to UCare, Attn: Clinical Services at P.O. Box 52, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0052.

Providers wanting to make an adjustment to an existing prior authorization

  • should contact UCare Clinical Services – for 2019 prior authorization changes.
  • should contact CareContinuum – for 2020 prior authorization changes.

Providers that received a claim denial due to no authorization in place will continue to work through the provider claims appeal process using the Provider Claim Reconsideration Request Form.

Pharmacy Benefit Prior Authorization

Express Scripts
Phone: 1-877-558-7523
Fax: 1-877-251-5896  

Medical Injectable Drug Prior Authorization

Care Continuum, a subsidiary of Express Scripts
Online (ePA): ExpressPAth Portal at www.express-path.com/.
Phone: 1-800-818-6747 
Fax: 1-877-266-1871

UCare Clinical Services Intake
Fax:  612-884-2300

Specialty Pharmacy Contact Information

Fairview Specialty Pharmacy
Phone: 612-672-5260 or 1-800-595-7140 toll free
Fax: 1-866-347-4939
www.fairviewspecialtyrx.org/
*exclusive network provider of speciality drugs for 2018 UCare Choices, 2019 UCare Individual & Family Plans, and State Medical Assistance Programs

Mail Order Contact Information

Express Scripts Mail Order Pharmacy
Phone: 1-866-544-7950  
Fax: 1-800-837-0959  
ePrescribing: Express Scripts Home Delivery Pharmacy
If you have other questions, contact the Provider Assistance Center:

612-676-3300 or 1-888-531-1493
Hours:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Monday through Friday

Phone

Call our toll-free helpline. You may remain anonymous. If we are unavailable when you call, please leave a message.
 
Phone:  1-877-826-6847

Postal Mail

Send us a letter and/or documents you would like us to review.
 
UCare
Attn: Special Investigation Unit
P.O. Box 52
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0052

Email

Send us an email message with your question or concern.
 

 

 

Updated February 2020

Region

UCare Product

Eligibility

Service Area
(Minnesota Counties)

Narrow network?

North

UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Essentials Rx
  • Total
  • Value
  • UCare Medicare Group Plans*
  • Must have Medicare Part A & Part B to enroll

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis, Todd, Wadena, Wilkin All UCare network providers
    North

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Classic
  • Must have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Aitkin, Becker, Carlton, Cass, Clay, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Lake, Morrison, Pine and St. Louis All UCare network providers
    Metro

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Prime
  • Essentials Rx
  • Complete
  • Classic
  • Total
  • Value
  • UCare Medicare Group Plans*
  • Must have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Mille Lacs, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington, Wright All UCare network providers
    South

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Standard
  • Complete
  • Total
  • Value
  • UCare Medicare Group Plans*
  • Have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sibley, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona, Yellow Medicine All UCare network providers
    South

    UCare Medicare Plans (HMO-POS)

  • Classic
  • Have Medicare Part A & Part B

    Do not have end-stage renal disease

    Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona All UCare network providers

    In-Network Services

    Primary Care Office Visits $0 copay $25 copay $0 copay $20 copay $0 copay $0 copay $0 copay
    Specialist Office Visits $35 copay $50 copay $20 copay $45 copay $40 copay $10 copay $35 copay
    Inpatient Hospital Care $400 copay per stay (not per day), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $300 copay per day (days 1 - 5), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $250 copay per stay (not per day), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $300 copay per day (days 1 - 5), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $500 copay per day (days 1 - 3), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $100 copay per stay (not per day), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission $150 copay per day (days 1 - 5), then 100% coverage, unlimited days per admission
    Urgent Care $50 copay $45 copay $50 copay $50 copay $40 copay $0 copay $50 copay
    Worldwide Emergency Care $100 copay $90 copay $100 copay $100 copay $90 copay $100 copay $100 copay
    Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage* No Prescription Drug Coverage $400 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers $200 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers $400 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers $400 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers Copays based on drug tiers $200 deductible | Copays based on drug tiers
    Preventive Dental Coverage Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
    Vision Coverage-Routine Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: Not Covered Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Eye Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay
    Vision Coverage-Diagnostic Diagnostic Eye Exam: $35 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $50 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $20 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $45 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $40 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $10 copay Diagnostic Eye Exam: $35 copay
    Hearing Services-Routine Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: Not Covered Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay; $500 allowed every 36 months for hearing aids Routine Hearing Exam: 1 per year, $0 Copay
    Hearing Services-Diagnostic Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $35 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $50 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $20 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $45 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $40 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $10 copay Diagnostic Hearing Exam: $35 copay
    Out of Pocket Maximum $3,400 $5,000 $3,400 $3,400 $4,500 $3,000 $3,000

     

    * Part D deductible only applies to some drugs. See the Drug Formulary for details. 

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