What is the Aetna Better Health Illinois Formulary?
This is a drug list created by Aetna Better Health (“plan”). Aetna Better
Health will cover drugs on this list. Some drugs may have coverage rules. If the
rules for that drug are met, Aetna Better Health will cover the drug. Drugs must
also be filled at an Aetna Better Health network pharmacy.
Can Aetna Better Health’s Drug List change?
The plan may add or remove drugs on the list. All drug removals from the formulary
will be sent to the state for review before the change is made. Utilizing members
and their providers will be notified at least 30 days before a drug is removed from
the formulary. All changes to the formulary will be posted on the plan’s website.
How do I use Aetna Better Health’s formulary?
Column #1: lists the covered drug. Brand drugs are in upper case letters
(e.g., DRUG). Generics are in lower case letters (e.g., drug).
Column #2: lists the brand name of the drug when a generic is covered
Column #3: shows coverage rules for the drug
Drugs are also grouped by the type of condition they treat. Drugs used to treat
an earache are listed under the section, “Ear-Nose-Throat Medications.”
If you know what your drug is used for, please look for that section name on the
drug list. Then look under that section for your drug.
How much will I pay for covered drugs?
You do not have to pay for covered drugs.
What are some types of coverage rules?
Prior Approval (PA): This means your doctor will need to get approval from
the plan first before the drug can be filled at the pharmacy. If it is not approved,
the plan will not cover the drug.
Quantity Level Limits (QLL): This means there is a limit on the amount of
drug the plan will cover. For example, the plan provides 60 pills in 30 days for
Step Therapy (ST): This means you may need to try certain drugs first to
treat your condition. After the first drug is tried, the plan will then cover the
other drug for that same condition. For example, Drug A and Drug B may treat your
condition. The plan may not cover Drug B unless you try Drug A first. If Drug A
does not work for you, then Drug B will be covered.
What if my drug is not on Aetna Better Health’s formulary?
First, please call your doctor and ask if your drug is covered. If the plan does
not cover the drug, then:
Ask your doctor for a similar drug that is covered.
Your doctor can ask the plan to cover your drug through the prior approval process.
What are generic drugs?
Aetna Better Health covers both brand and generic drugs. Generic drugs cost less
and are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Are Over-The-Counter (OTC) drugs covered?
The plan will cover OTC drugs on the formulary. Some OTC drugs may have coverage
rules. If the rules for that OTC drug are met, the plan will cover the OTC drug.
Like other drugs, OTC drugs need a prescription from a doctor if they are to be
covered by the plan.
here for a list of Over-the-Counter Drugs.
The Aetna Better Health’s formulary and formulary status information can be
found online through Epocrates. Registration is free and is available at www.epocrates.com.