Big Three PBMs Cover Opill With $0 Cost Sharing for Most Commercial Plans

The Big Three PBMs — UnitedHealth Group’s Optum Rx, CVS Health Corp.’s Caremark, and The Cigna Group’s Express Scripts — have opted to cover Perrigo Co.’s over-the-counter birth control pill, Opill (norgestrel), at no cost to members in most non-grandfathered commercial plans, according to one expert. That suggests they are taking proactive steps to comply with potential rulemaking that could require most health plans to cover Opill and other types of over-the-counter birth control without cost sharing.

“There has been pretty broad, in the industry, adoption of Opill to the ACA preventive list,” Cody Midlam, Pharm.D., tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT. Midlam is a director at the benefits consulting firm WTW. “If a drug is on that list, that is generally available at $0 cost share at the point of sale for members.”

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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