Datapoint: United to Eliminate OOP Costs for Certain Drugs

UnitedHealth Group on July 15 said it will eliminate copays or out-of-pocket costs for select drugs, including insulin, epinephrine and albuterol, for members in its standard fully insured group plans. The company said it hopes the move will encourage greater medication adherence and reduce unnecessary health complications and/or hospitalizations. United currently enrolls 7,354,188 people in group risk-based plans, representing 15.9% of its overall membership.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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