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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Responses are “general” in nature. For complete benefit information, please refer to your Benefit Summary or Membership Agreement. If you have additional questions regarding benefits, please e-mail us at email@example.com or call Member Services at 1-800-251-7722.
Simply take your prescription and your ConnectiCare ID card to any participating pharmacy. Our pharmacy network includes the major chains as well as many local drug stores.
A copayment is the predetermined fee you pay for covered healthcare benefits – in this case, prescription drugs. Your specific copayment for each tier can be found in your Benefit Summary. Your copayment is based on the tier in which the drug is listed.
The cost of drugs varies widely, even among medications that treat the same condition. Generic drugs are the least expensive and therefore have the lowest copayment. Brand name drugs cost on average three to four times as much as generic drugs and therefore have a higher copayment.
The prescription will be filled at a participating pharmacy at the highest copayment amount.
Most prescription drugs that are covered by ConnectiCare’s plan are from Tier One or Tier Two. But if you’re using a drug from Tier Three, ask your physician if a Tier One or Two alternative is available. Your physician will be able discuss the available alternatives with you.
When generic drugs are available, your prescription drug program covers only the cost of the generic. If you or your physician request the brand name when a generic is available, an additional payment is required. This additional payment represents the cost difference between the generic and brand name.
There are several reasons why your copayment could increase.
A limited number of medications covered by ConnectiCare need prior approval from the prescribing physician. Drugs require prior approval in these situations:
Also some drugs are not covered by ConnectiCare, including:
Look for a participating pharmacy. Most pharmacy chains all over the USA participate with the ConnectiCare network.
If you use a non-participating pharmacy, you are responsible for the full cost
of the prescription at the time of purchase. However, if there was a medical
emergency and you paid for the prescription, keep your receipt and fill out the
Prescription Drug Reimbursement Claim form for a refund.
Most plans offer home delivery of prescription medications. Refer to your Benefit Summary to see if you're covered for mail order. Our mail order service offers a convenient way to receive up to a three-month supply of medications that you are taking, and will be taking on an on-going basis.
If you are away from home or plan to be away for an extended period of time, please call Member Services at 1-800-251-7722, and we may override the day supply limit. Or if you have a new prescription bring this to a network pharmacy anywhere in the United States and you will only be responsible for your standard copayment amount.
There are three simple ways to obtain one. You can e-mail us, call Member Services or you can view ConnectiCare's Prescription Drug List. This version has a search function that will easily allow you to find your medication.
Your child is covered for any sudden onset of injury, illness or emergency coverage while away at school. The Primary Care Physician should always be notified of any services provided away at school or out of the area. If follow-up care is needed, the treating doctor or your child must contact ConnectiCare to obtain pre-authorization. Fill out the Out-of-Plan Reimbursement Form.
You are covered for any sudden onset of illness, injury or emergency coverage while out of the service area. If you are out of the service area, you will be required to obtain a bill from the doctor. If you are out of the country, the bill should be translated into English and the charges into American dollars. The bill may then be submitted to ConnectiCare for a refund, using the Out-of-Plan Reimbursement Form.
ConnectiCare is required to mail a 1099-HC to Massachusetts residents ho are enrolled with us as of December 31, 2007.
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Massachusetts residents are required to prove coverage as of December 31, 2007 when filing their 2007 Massachusetts state income tax returns; therefore, you must have been covered by us as of December 31, 2007 with a Massachusetts home address to automatically receive a 1099-HC. We can generate and mail a 1099-HC form on demand.
This law pertains to Massachusetts residents only, therefore, ConnectiCare mailed 1099-HC forms to Massachusetts residents only. Please contact the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at www.mass.gov/dor/hcinfo or 1.800.392.6089 for further information. You may contact ConnectiCare at 1.800.251.7722 to request that a 1099-HC form be mailed to you if you wish.
1099-HC forms are generated for the subscriber only. You can share the 1099-HC form with your dependent, or we can mail a copy of your form to your dependent.
ConnectiCare mailed a 1099-HC form to you as our records show that you were a Massachusetts resident actively enrolled with us as of December 31, 2007. Please contact the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at www.mass.gov/dor/hcinfo or 1.800.392.6089 for specific information about how to file your tax return.
This form reflects coverage in tax year 2007 only and does not reflect current insurance coverage.
Yes, a 1099-HC form reflecting your coverage information can be generated and mailed to you. You can contact ConnectiCare at 1.800.251.7722 to request 1099-HC if you wish.
If your plan contains the Routine Vision Program benefit, you may make an appointment with a participating provider in the program (Check your Benefit Summary for your plan's vision visit coverage). In order to select a provider, click on the Provider Directory.
You (and your covered dependents) are given a 25% discount for eyewear at or below $250 and 30% discount for eyewear over $250. This discount is given at the time of purchase. There are no discounts for eyewear obtained at a non-participating provider.
Note: Some providers may not offer the eyewear discount. Please verify with your participating provider. Some plans have customized eyewear benefits. Please check your plan benefit information to assure you have the routine vision care program, or you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Member Services Department at 1-800-251-7722 to submit your request.
Check your ID Card:
Open Access Plans – No referral is required to see a Participating Specialist
Personal Care Plans – Referrals are required to see a Participating Specialist
No matter what plan you are enrolled in, referrals are not required for participating OB/GYN visits.
Certain providers that participate with ConnectiCare use automated billing services which, in addition to billing ConnectiCare, also send statements to members. In many instances, what a member receives is not really a bill but an account summary. If you receive what appears to be a bill, check it carefully for the following phrases:
ConnectiCare's secure website offers an option to view your claim history. This option shows claims that are received and in process, claims that have been paid, and claims that have been denied as well as the member responsibility on each claim.
You may also send a secure e-mail from any claim to inquire about that claim. A Member Services representative will respond to your email.
Due to the confidential nature of these claims and the arrangement with our Behavioral Health Vendor, claims for Behavioral Health may not be viewed online. For information regarding Behavioral Health Claims, please call 1-888-946-4658.
Due to confidentiality restrictions, you may not view your spouse's claim history. However, you may review your dependent's history by selecting his/her name from the search page.
ConnectiCare members are covered for a flu shot.
Check out these online forms. If the form you are seeking is not available online or you require materials, please e-mail us at email@example.com, or call our Member Services at 1-800-251-7722, to submit your request.
The Connecticut State Mandate provides mental health, alcohol or substance abuse to be covered at the same level as physical illness and injury coverage and there would be no maximums. The diagnoses listed below are exceptions to the above mentioned coverage and would be covered according to your mental health benefits section of your benefit summary information.
Dental coverage is not a provision of your ConnectiCare medical benefits plan. However, ConnectiCare Dental Plans has plan designs available for large- and small-groups. They provide Dental familiar PPO-style open access to broad quality provider networks. For large groups of 50 or more eligible employees, ConnectiCare can work with you to provide flexible plan options. For small groups of 5-50 eligible enrollees, members will enjoy the same level of benefits as large groups with our comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing.
You do not have to wait until on or after the date of your previous physical, routine physicals are tracked by calendar year not by specific date limitations. You may schedule your physical any time after January 1st of the new year.
ConnectiCare is pleased to provide you with an opportunity to tell us about your doctor. Registered members can complete the Satisfaction with Your Doctor Survey.