COVID-19 Testing and Prescription Refill Updates
The Brown University Benefits team has been working with health care administrators, UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, as well as OptumRx, to actively monitor the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and what it means for Brown employees and their families.
To facilitate the ability to receive necessary testing for suspected COVID-19 exposure, and until further notice, cost sharing will be waived (meaning there will be no deductible, copays, or coinsurance) for COVID-19 diagnostic testing provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines. In addition, there will be no prior authorization and referral requirements, where applicable, so members can get timely medically necessary testing.
OptumRx members with active eligibility may obtain an early refill* of their traditional and specialty prescription medications, if they have refills remaining on file at a participating retail or mail-order pharmacy. This "Refill-Too-Soon" waiver will be continuously evaluated to determine the appropriate duration based on CDC guidance, Federal and State declarations.
*The refill obtained will stay consistent with the standard day supply previously filled by the member as allowed by the plan (e.g., 30- or 90-day supply).