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View & Search Plan Formularies

Select an insurance plan to see what drugs are covered by that plan.

A formulary is a list of covered drugs selected by our plan, in consultation with a team of health care providers, which represents the prescription therapies believed to be a necessary part of a quality treatment program.

A committee of physicians and pharmacists reviews scientific evidence to determine which medications should be included in Samaritan Health Plans formularies.

Premier & Premier Plan Plus

Search formulary by medication name or type. Search results include:

  • The drug tier, which determines the copay (amount) or coinsurance (percentage) that the member will be required to pay for the drug;
  • Notes & restrictions for the drug, such as prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy requirements;
  • The effective date of the formulary and the date it was last updated;
  • Non-formulary drugs. If your drug is not covered, you have options for requesting medication exception.

You can also download and print the Formulary:

2023 Covered Part D Vaccines (Effective 1/1/2023).

2023 Premier Plan and Premier Plus Formulary (Effective 8/1/2023).

For drug list limits and other requirements:

2023 Premier Plan and Premier Plan Plus Prior Authorization Criteria (Effective 8/1/2023).

2023 Premier Plan and Premier Plan Plus Step Therapy Criteria (Effective 8/1/2023).

2023 Premiere Plan and Premier Plan Plus Quantity Limits Criteria (Effective 9/1/2023).

Special Needs Plan

Search formulary by medication name or type. Search results include:

  • Notes & restrictions for the drug, such as prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy requirements.
  • The effective date of the formulary and the date it was last updated.
  • Non-formulary drugs. If your drug is not covered, you have options for requesting a medication exception.

You may also download and print the formulary:

2023 Covered Part D Vaccines (Effective 1/1/2023).

2023 Special Needs Plan Formulary (Effective 8/1/2023).

For drug list limits and other requirements:

2023 Special Needs Plan Prior Authorization Criteria (Effective 8/1/2023).

2023 Special Needs Plan Step Therapy Criteria (Effective 9/1/2023).

2023 Special Needs Plan Quantity Limits Criteria (Effective 8/1/2023).

Network Pharmacies

You must generally use network pharmacies to use your prescription drug benefit. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, and/or copays/coinsurance may change on Jan. 1, 2023, and from time to time during the year. You may also search our nationwide pharmacy directory through OptumRx’s Pharmacy Locator. Once you go to a network pharmacy, you are not required to continue going to the same pharmacy to fill your prescription. You can go to any of our network pharmacies.

Your Over-the-Counter Drug List

Use your prepaid benefits MasterCard to easily pay for eligible over-the-counter expenses. Review the eligible OTC items:

OTC Drug List

Understand Your Drug Coverage

A network pharmacy is one that we have made arrangements for them to provide prescription drugs to plan members. These pharmacies are where members can obtain prescription drug benefits provided by Samaritan Advantage Premier Plan HMO, Samaritan Advantage Premier Plan Plus HMO, and Samaritan Advantage Special Needs Plan HMO. Samaritan Health Plans has an arrangement with pharmacies across the United States, which consists of approximately 90 percent of pharmacies. This equals or exceeds Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also known as CMS, requirements for pharmacy access in your area. In most cases, your prescriptions are covered if they are filled at a network pharmacy.

ADOBE READER SEARCH TIPS for your Pharmacy Directory
Once you have opened the link to the Pharmacy Directory found below, you can search the document for a specific network pharmacy. Just hold down the Crtl + f keys on your keyboard to use the “Find” function within Adobe Reader, then type in the name of the facility or provider you are seeking. 

2023 Pharmacy Directory (effective 09/20/2023)

You may also search our nationwide pharmacy directory through OptumRx’s Pharmacy Locator.

Once you go to a network pharmacy, you are not required to continue going to the same pharmacy to fill your prescription, you can go to any of our network pharmacies.

Out-of-Network Coverage

In general, beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. We will cover your prescription at an out-of-network pharmacy if at least one of the following applies:

  • If you are unable to obtain a covered drug in a timely manner within our service area because there is no network pharmacy within a reasonable driving distance that provides 24 hour service.
  • If you are trying to fill a prescription drug that is not regularly stocked at an accessible network retail pharmacy (including high cost and unique drugs).
  • If you are getting a vaccine that is medically necessary but not covered by Medicare Part B and some covered drugs that are administered in your doctor’s office.

Before you fill your prescription in any of these situations, call Customer Service at 541-768-4550 or 800-832-4580 (TTY 800-735-2900), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, to see if there is a network pharmacy in your area where you can fill your prescription.

If you do go to an out-of-network pharmacy for the reasons listed above, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription. If you go to an out-of-network pharmacy, you may be responsible for paying the difference between what we would pay for a prescription filled at an in-network pharmacy and what the out-of-network pharmacy charged for your prescription. You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting this form:

Prescription Reimbursement Form

A drug coverage redetermination is when you want us to reconsider and change a decision we have made about what drugs are covered for you or what we will pay for a drug. For example, if we deny the request for coverage determination and you think we should cover the medication, you can request a redetermination.

There are two kinds of coverage redeterminations you can request. They are described below.

Expedited Request

You can request an expedited (fast) coverage redetermination for cases that involve coverage, if you or your doctor believes that your health could be seriously harmed by waiting for a standard decision. For expedited requests, you or the prescribing physician may call Customer Service at 541-768-4550 or 800-832-4580, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. TTY users should call 800-735-2900. If your request to expedite is granted, the reviewer must give you a decision no later than 72 hours after receiving your request.

Standard Request

You can request a standard coverage redetermination for a case that involves coverage or payment for prescription services. You must file a request for coverage redetermination to Samaritan Advantage Health Plans HMO no later than 60 days from the date of the denial. The plan will review your request and make a determination as expeditiously as your health requires, but no later than seven days from the date of the request.

Please include the following information:

  • Name.
  • Address.
  • Member ID number.
  • The reasons for your request.
  • Any evidence you wish to attach.

If your request relates to a decision by us to deny a drug that is not on our list of covered drugs (formulary), your prescribing physician must indicate that all the drugs on any tier of our formulary would not be as effective to treat your condition as the requested off-formulary drug or would harm your health. You or your appointed representative should mail your written request to the address below:

Samaritan Advantage Health Plans HMO
Attn: Part D Pharmacy Dept.
PO Box 1310
Corvallis, OR 97339

Drug Redetermination Request Form

Authorized Representative

As a member of Samaritan Advantage Health Plans HMO, you have appeal rights to adverse organization determinations for services requested. You also have the right to appoint any individual (such as a relative, advocate, friend, attorney or any physician) to act as your representative and file an appeal on your behalf.

By appointing a representative to act on your behalf concerning your appeal, you are giving him or her the right to:

  • Obtain information about your claim to the extent consistent with federal and state laws.
  • Submit evidence.
  • Make statements of fact and law.
  • Make any request, or give or receive any notice about the appeal proceedings.

To appoint a representative for your Medicare benefits, both you and the representative you’ve assigned must sign, date and complete Medicare’s Authorized Request Form. You must send a copy to Samaritan Advantage Health Plans HMO each time you want the appointed representative to head any of your appeal requests within 60 days of the initial denial for the service requested. Once the form is received by Samaritan Advantage Health Plans HMO, it is considered current for one year. After one year has passed, you must complete a new form if you would like to continue the appointment of that representative.

For certain prescription drugs, we have additional requirements for coverage or limits on our coverage. These requirements and limits ensure that our members use these drugs in the most effective way and help us control drug plan costs. A team of doctors and pharmacists developed these requirements and limits for our Plan to help us to provide quality coverage to our members. Examples of utilization management tools are described below:

Prior Authorization

We require you to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you, your authorized representative, or your provider will need to get approval from us before you fill your prescription. Without approval, we may not cover the drug.

2023 Premier and Premier Plan Plus Prior Authorization Criteria (effective 1/1/2023)
2023 Special Needs Plan Prior Authorization Criteria (effective 1/1/2023)

Quantity Limits

For certain drugs we limit the amount of the drug that we will cover per prescription or for a defined period of time. For example, Samaritan Advantage Premier Plan provides 30 tabs per 30 days per prescription of Trintellix. This may be in addition to a standard one-month or three-month supply.

2023 Premier and Premier Plan Plus Quantity Limit Criteria (effective 1/1/2023)
2023 Special Needs Plan Quantity Limit Criteria (effective 1/1/2023)

Step Therapy

In some cases, we require you to first try one drug to treat your medical condition before we will cover another drug for that condition. For example, if Drug A and Drug B both treat your medical condition, we may require your doctor to prescribe Drug A first. If Drug A does not work for you, then we will cover Drug B.

2023 Premier and Premier Plan Plus Step Therapy Criteria (effective 1/1/2023)
2023 Special Needs Plan Step Therapy Criteria (effective 1/1/2023)

Part B vs. Part D

For drugs with a Part B versus D these drugs may be covered under Medicare Part B or D depending upon the circumstances. Information may need to be submitted describing the use and setting of the drug to make the determination.

Morphine Equivalent Dose

Morphine Equivalent Dose, also known as MED, is a tool used to equate many different opioids into one standard value for the means of comparison. This standard value is based on the drug Morphine and its potency. Knowing the MED helps determine if a patient’s opioid doses are excessive and is useful if converting from one opioid to another. For opiate medications, MED limits apply and exceeding the plan limits will require an exception.

You can find out if your drug is subject to these additional requirements or limits by searching the formulary. If your drug does have these additional restrictions or limits, you can ask us to make an exception to our coverage rules.

As a new or continuing member in our plan, you may be taking drugs that are not on the formulary (drug list). You may also be taking a drug on our formulary that is restricted in some way. Under certain circumstances, you may be able to get a temporary supply.

How to Get a Temporary Supply

To be eligible for a temporary supply you must meet one of the changes listed below:

  • Be a current member whose drug is no longer on the plan’s formulary drug list.
  • Be a current member whose drug is now restricted in some way.
  • Be a current member that has an unplanned change due to change in treatment settings. Examples include moving from a hospital to long-term care/skilled nursing or leaving a skilled nursing facility.
  • Be a new member to the plan.

Long-Term Care Facility (LTC) Residents

For those members who reside in a long-term care (LTC) facility and were in the plan last year or are new to the plan:

We will cover a temporary supply of your drug during the first 90 days of the calendar year (current members) or during the first 90 days of your membership (new members). The total supply will be for a maximum of 91 days. If your prescription is written for fewer days, we will allow multiple fills to provide up to a maximum of 91 days of medication. Please note that the long-term care pharmacy may provide the drug in smaller amounts at a time to prevent waste.

For those members who have been in the plan for more than 90 days and reside in a long-term care (LTC) facility:

We will cover one 31-day supply or less if your prescription is written for fewer days. This is in addition to the above long-term care transition supply.

You Can Ask Your Doctor to:

  1. Switch you to a different drug that we cover.
  2. Submit a formulary exception request for us to cover the drug you take.

Contact Us

To request a temporary supply, please call Samaritan Advantage at 800-832-4580 (TTY 800-735-2900), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

If you qualify for the low-income subsidy, also called “Extra Help,” with your Medicare prescription drug plan costs, your premium and costs at the pharmacy will be lower. When you join one of our plans, Medicare will tell us how much Extra Help you are getting. Then we will let you know the adjusted amount you will pay. See the table below for the monthly premiums for the current year.

How to Inquire About Low-income Subsidy

If you are not getting Extra Help, you can see if you qualify by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 800-325-0778) or visit socialsecurity.gov.

Monthly Premiums

The following chart outlines the adjusted premium amounts for 2022 and 2023 based on the various low-income subsidy levels.

Conventional Plan
($50/month)
Premier Plan
($19/month)
Premier Plan Plus
($129/month)
25% Low-income Subsidy (LIS)N/AYou pay $14.20*You pay $119*
50% Low-income Subsidy (LIS)N/AYou pay $9.50*You pay $109*
75% Low-income Subsidy (LIS)N/AYou pay $4.70*You pay $99*
100% Low-income Subsidy (LIS)N/AYou pay $0*You pay $89*
* The premiums listed above include both medical service and prescription drug benefits. These premiums do not include any Medicare Part B premium you may have to pay.

2023 Cost-sharing

Standard Retail Cost-sharing (In-Network) – Up to a 34-day Supply

For generic/preferred multi-sourced drugs, you pay either a $0, $1.45, $4.15 or 15% copay per prescription. For all other drugs, you pay either a $0, $4.30, $10.35 or 15% copay per prescription. 

Long-term Care Cost-sharing — Up to a 31-day Supply

For generic/preferred multi-sourced drugs, you pay either a $0, $1.45, $4.15 or 15% copay per prescription. For all other drugs, you pay either a $0, $4.30, $10.35 or 15% copay per prescription. 

2022 Cost-sharing

Standard Retail Cost-Sharing (In-Network) – Up to a 34-day Supply

For generic/preferred multi-sourced drugs, you pay either a $0, $1.35, $3.95 or 15% copay per prescription. For all other drugs, you pay either a $0, $4.00, $9.85 or 15% copay per prescription. 

Long-term Care Cost-sharing – Up to a 31-day Supply

For generic/preferred multi-sourced drugs, you pay either a $0, $1.35, $3.95 or 15% copay per prescription. For all other drugs, you pay either a $0, $4.00, $9.85 or 15% copay per prescription. 

See also the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Best Available Evidence Policy.

In general, beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except in non-routine circumstances. Quantity limitations and restrictions may apply.

If you take a prescription drug on a regular basis and you are going on a trip, be sure to check your supply of the drug before you leave. When possible, take along all the medication you will need. You can call Customer Service at 541-768-4550800-832-4580 (TTY 800-735-2900), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to find out if there is a network pharmacy in the area where you are traveling. If there are no network pharmacies in that area, Customer Service may be able to make arrangements for you to get your prescriptions from an out-of-network pharmacy.

If you are traveling within the United States and territories and become ill, or lose or run out of your prescription drugs you may call Customer Service to find out if there is a network pharmacy in the area where you are traveling. If there are no network pharmacies in that area, Customer Service may be able to make arrangements for you to get your prescriptions from an out-of-network pharmacy. We cannot pay for any prescriptions that are filled by pharmacies outside of the United States and territories, even for a medical emergency.

You can also use our 2023 Pharmacy Directory to find an in-network nationwide pharmacy near you. We will cover prescriptions that are filled at an out-of-network pharmacy if you are unable to locate an in-network option. In this situation, you will have to pay the full cost (rather than paying just your co-payment) when you fill your prescription. If you go to an out-of-network pharmacy, you may be responsible for paying the difference between what we would pay for a prescription filled at an in-network pharmacy and what the out-of-network pharmacy charged for your prescription. You can ask us to reimburse you for our share of the cost by submitting this form:  

Prescription Reimbursement Form

You, your representative, or your prescriber can submit a medication exception / prior authorization if:

  • Your drug has one or more additional requirements defined above.
  • Your drug is not on the plan formulary.
  • You would like the plan to lower the Tier for your drug.

To request an exception, you, your authorized representative, or the prescribing physician have the following options:

Mail:
Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO
PO Box 1310
Corvallis, OR 97339

Fax:
844-403-1028

Deliver:
Samaritan Health Plans
2300 NW Walnut Blvd., Corvallis
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Expedited Requests

For expedited requests, you or the prescribing physician may call Customer Service at 541-768-4550 or 800-832-4580, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. TTY users should call 800-735-2900.

Please note: If we grant your request to cover a drug that is not on our formulary, you may not ask us to provide a higher level of coverage for the drug. Generally, we will only approve your request for an exception if the alternative drugs included on the plan’s formulary or the low-tiered drug would not be as effective in treating your condition and/or would cause you to have adverse medical effects.

To help us make a decision more quickly, you or your prescriber should include supporting medical information when you submit your request. If we approve your medication exception request, our approval is valid for the remainder of the plan year, so long as your doctor continues to prescribe the drug for you and it continues to be safe and effective for treating your condition. For further information regarding how to ask for an exception please refer to the Evidence of Coverage found with enrollment materials.

You may contact Medicare directly if you have any feedback or concerns, or if this is an urgent matter. Please call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). TTY/TTD users can call 877-486-2048. Members can also download the Medicare Complaint Form.

For certain kinds of drugs, members can get prescription drugs shipped to their homes through an in-network mail-order pharmacy. Our plan’s mail-order service requires you to order a 90-day supply. You can find a list of in-network mail-order pharmacies in your 2023 Pharmacy Directory.

Local provider

You can order your prescriptions for rapid mail delivery from Samaritan Health Services:

Samaritan Pharmacy – Corvallis
3251 NW Samaritan Drive, Suite 202, Corvallis

Phone: 541-768-5225
Refill line: 541-768-5230

Samaritan Advantage’s Premier Plan HMO and Samaritan Advantage Premier Plan Plus HMO combine a prescription drug plan with a medical benefits package that covers more than original Medicare with less out-of-pocket expenses for you. Members with Low Income Subsidy are subject to different cost shares. Members with Premier Plan coverage who receive Extra Help from Medicare will have an $104 deductible for Tiers 3, 4 and 5.

2023
Premier Plan (HMO)
Premier Plan Plus (HMO)
Annual Deductible Phase$175 annual deductible 
(only applies to Tiers 3, 4 and 5)*
$0 annual deductible
Initial Coverage Phase
(You begin the calendar year paying these cost shares.)
Tier 1: Maximum $3 copay; $6 copay for 3-month supply for preferred generic drugs
Tier 2:  Maximum $9 copay; $18 copay for
3-month supply 
for generic formulary drugs
Tier 3: Maximum $47 copay; $94 copay for
3-month supply 
for preferred brand drugs
Tier 4: Maximum $100 copay for non-preferred brand drugs
Tier 5: 29% coinsurance for specialty drugs
Tier 6: $0 copay for select care drugs – includes preventive medications for the most common chronic conditions
Tier 1: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 2: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 3: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 4: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 5: 33% coinsurance for specialty drugs

Tier 6: Same as Premier Plan
Coverage Gap Phase
(If you and the plan pay a combined yearly total of $4,660 for prescription drugs, you enter the Coverage Gap Phase.)
25% coinsurance for generic drugs
25% coinsurance for brand drugs
No more than $9 per month for generic drugs
25% coinsurance for brand drugs
Tier 6 drugs will always have a $0 copay.
Catastrophic Phase
(If your out-of-pocket costs and the amount discounted by brand drug manufacturers total $7,400, you enter the Catastrophic Coverage Phase.)
The greater of $4.15 copay (generics), 
$10.35 copay (brands) or 5% coinsurance
Same as Premier Plan
*Members with Premier Plan coverage who are also receiving “Extra Help” from Medicare will have a $104 deductible for Tiers 3, 4 and 5.  Most Medicare drugs are covered; mail order service available; 1 to 3 month supply available.
2022
Premier Plan (HMO)

Premier Plan Plus (HMO)
Annual Deductible Phase
$200 (only applies to Tiers 3, 4 and 5)*
Premier Plan Plus (HMO)
$0
Initial Coverage Phase
(You begin the calendar year paying these cost shares.)
Tier 1: Maximum $3 copay; $6 copay for 3-month supply for preferred generic drugs
Tier 2:  Maximum $9 copay; $18 copay for
3-month supply 
for generic formulary drugs
Tier 3: Maximum $47 copay; $94 copay for
3-month supply 
for preferred brand drugs
Tier 4: Maximum $100 copay for non-preferred brand drugs
Tier 5: 29% coinsurance for specialty drugs
Tier 6: $0 copay for select care drugs – includes preventive medications for the most common chronic conditions
Tier 1: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 2: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 3: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 4: Same as Premier Plan

Tier 5: 33% coinsurance for specialty drugs

Tier 6: Same as Premier Plan
Coverage Gap Phase
(If you and the Plan pay a combined yearly total of $4,430 for prescription drugs, you enter the Coverage Gap Phase.)
25% coinsurance for generic drugs
25% coinsurance for brand drugs
No more than $9 per month for generic drugs
25% coinsurance for brand drugs
Catastrophic Phase
(If your out-of-pocket costs and the amount discounted by brand drug manufacturers total $7,050, you enter the Catastrophic Coverage Phase.)
The greater of $3.95 copay (generics),$9.85 copay (brands) or 5% coinsuranceSame as Premier Plan
*Members with Premier Plan coverage who are also receiving “Extra Help” from Medicare will have a $99 deductible for Tiers 3, 4 and 5.  Most Medicare drugs are covered; mail order service available; 1 to 3 month supply available.

Important Notice Regarding Discounts

A change in the law requires companies that make brand-name prescription drugs to give a discount on those drugs to Medicare. Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, prescription drugs made and sold by companies that have not agreed to give a discount to Medicare can no longer be covered (paid for) by Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.

For additional help, visit the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder at medicare.gov.

If you are a Samaritan Advantage member who takes many prescription drugs, or who has high drug costs or chronic diseases, you could be eligible for the Samaritan Advantage Health Plan HMO Medication Therapy Management Program, also known as MTM. This is a free service for eligible members. Learn more.

Samaritan Advantage is taking a multi-pronged approach to the nationwide opioid crisis. Beginning in 2019 our “opioid experienced” members will be limited to a 30-day supply and a cumulative morphine equivalent dose, or MED, of 200 when filling opioid drugs. “Opioid experienced” is defined as filling an opioid claim in the last 120 days. Members who are “opioid naïve” (defined as not filling an opioid in the last 120 days) will be limited to filling no more than a 7-day supply. Members that reside in a long-term care facility, in hospice care, are receiving palliative or end-of-life care, or are being treated for cancer-related pain are excluded from these safety edits.

Search our formulary by medication name or type. Search results include:

  • Any restrictions for the drug, such as prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy requirements.
  • The effective date of the formulary and the date it was last updated.

Dual-eligible refers to members who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. If you have dual eligibility, IHN-CCO (Medicaid) will cover formulary over-the-counter medicine (drugs) and all other medicine prescribed by your provider will be billed to your Medicare plan.

You may also download and print formularies:

2023 IHN-CCO Formulary
2023 IHN-CCO Formulary – Dual Eligible
2022 IHN-CCO Formulary

Occasionally formulary coverage can change during the year. See a list of updates for specific medications on the IHN-CCO Formulary.

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)

EPSDT is a comprehensive child and youth health care benefit for OHP members ages birth to 21 (EPSDT coverage ends when a person turns 21). This includes physical, dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services. Beginning Jan. 1 2023, IHN-CCO will cover any medically necessary and medically appropriate services for enrolled children and youth until their 21st birthday, regardless of the location of the diagnosis on the Prioritized list of Health Services.

Prior Authorization

We require you to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you, your authorized representative, or your provider will need to get approval from us before you fill your prescription. Without approval, we may not cover the drug.

IHN-CCO Prior Authorization Criteria
IHN-CCO Prior Authorization Criteria – Dual Eligible

Step Therapy

In some cases, we require you to first try one drug to treat your medical condition before we will cover another drug for that condition. For example, if Drug A and Drug B both treat your medical condition, we may require your doctor to prescribe Drug A first. If Drug A does not work for you, then we will cover Drug B.

IHN-CCO Step Therapy Criteria

Pharmacies

IHN-CCO Pharmacy Directory (updated 9/5/2023)

Subscriber(s) must use a network pharmacy for prescription drug benefits. If there is not an in-network pharmacy in the area, subscriber(s) may call to request an override for emergent situations. For other situations subscriber(s) may pay out-of-pocket for the full cost of the drug then submit for reimbursement. Please submit a Prescription Reimbursement form with receipt to the claims administrator for payment. Subscriber(s) will be reimbursed based on the plan’s in-network contracted rate for prescription drugs minus subscriber(s) co-pay or co-insurance. Note: the cash price paid at the pharmacy is generally higher than the plan’s in-network contracted rate for prescription drugs.

Search formulary by medication name or type. Search results include:

  • The copay (amount) or coinsurance (percentage) that the employee/subscriber(s) will be required to pay for the drug.
  • Any restrictions for the drug, such as prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy requirements.
  • The effective date of the formulary and the date it was last updated.

Download and print:

2023 Samaritan Choice Plans Formulary
2022 Samaritan Choice Plans Formulary
2021 Samaritan Choice Plans Formulary.

See the latest updates to the Choice Formulary.

Prior Authorization

We require you to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you, your authorized representative, or your provider will need to get approval from us before you fill your prescription. Without approval, we may not cover the drug.

Samaritan Choice Prior Authorization Criteria 

Step Therapy

In some cases, we require you to first try one drug to treat your medical condition before we will cover another drug for that condition. For example, if Drug A and Drug B both treat your medical condition, we may require your doctor to prescribe Drug A first. If Drug A does not work for you, then we will cover Drug B.

Samaritan Choice Step Therapy Criteria 

Network Pharmacies

Review the pharmacy directory to see all in-network pharmacies throughout the United States. 

  • New for Choice subscribers who reside outside Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk counties in Oregon, please use this Out-of-Area Pharmacy Directory (updated 9/5/2023).
  • For Choice members who reside in Benton, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Polk counties in Oregon, please use this In Area Pharmacy Directory (updated 9/5/2023). 

The following is a list of the current participating Samaritan Health Services pharmacies:

Walgreens pharmacies are covered nationwide. You can reach their pharmacy department at 800-925-4733.

Samaritan Health Service Specialty Pharmacy can deliver your medication to your door and will partner with your health care team to manage your refills and monitor your lab work to make sure the medications are keeping you on the right path. Please contact them at 541-768-1299, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Employee/subscriber(s) must use a network pharmacy for prescription drug benefits. If there is not an in-network pharmacy in the area, employee/subscriber(s) may call to request an override for emergent situations. For other situations employee/subscriber(s) may pay out-of-pocket for the full cost of the drug then submit for reimbursement. Please submit a Prescription Reimbursement form with receipt to the Choice claims administrator for payment. Employee/subscriber(s) will be reimbursed based on the plan’s
in-network contracted rate for prescription drugs minus employee/subscriber(s) co-pay or co-insurance. Note: the cash price paid at the pharmacy is generally higher than the plan’s in-network contracted rate for prescription drugs.

Search the formularies by medication name or type. The formularies do not contain the names of all medications available in the market.

Search results include:

  • The drug tier, which determines the copay (amount) or coinsurance (percentage) that the member will be required to pay for the drug.
  • Any restrictions for the drug, such as prior authorization, quantity limits or step therapy requirements.
  • The effective date of the formulary and the date it was last updated.

You may also download and print the formularies.

If a medication is not listed, please contact Customer Service for assistance: 800-832-4580 (TTY 800-735-2900), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Small Group Plans

2023 Small Group Formulary
2022 Small Group Formulary

Prior Authorization

We require you to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you, your authorized representative, or your provider will need to get approval from us before you fill your prescription. Without approval, we may not cover the drug.

Small Group Plans Prior Authorization Criteria

Network Pharmacies for Small & Large Group Plans

A network pharmacy is one that we have made arrangements for them to provide prescription drugs to plan members. Review the pharmacy directory (updated 9/5/2023) for both small and large group plans to see all in-network pharmacies throughout the United States. You may also search our nationwide pharmacy directory through OptumRx’s Pharmacy Locator. Once you go to a network pharmacy, you are not required to continue going to the same pharmacy to fill your prescription. You can go to any of our network pharmacies.

Large Group Plans

2023 Large Group Formulary
2022 Large Group Formulary

See the latest updates to the Large Group Formulary.

Prior Authorization

We require you to get prior authorization for certain drugs. This means that you, your authorized representative, or your provider will need to get approval from us before you fill your prescription. Without approval, we may not cover the drug.

Large Group Plans Prior Authorization Criteria

Step Therapy

In some cases, we require you to first try one drug to treat your medical condition before we will cover another drug for that condition. For example, if Drug A and Drug B both treat your medical condition, we may require your doctor to prescribe Drug A first. If Drug A does not work for you, then we will cover Drug B.

Large Group Plans Step Therapy Criteria

Review the Prior Authorization List & Criteria for Provider Administered Drugs

Provider Administered Drugs are medications given by a provider in their office. These are not a pharmacy benefit.

Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization List – IHN-CCO 
Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization Criteria – IHN-CCO

Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization List – Employer Small & Large Group
Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization Criteria – Employer Large Group
Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization Criteria – Employer Small Group

Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization List – Samaritan Choice
Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization Criteria – Samaritan Choice

Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization List – Samaritan Advantage
Provider Administered Drugs Prior Authorization Criteria – Samaritan Advantage

Submit a Prior Authorization for Specialty & Oncology Drugs

Outpatient provider-administered specialty and oncology drug authorizations are submitted through the Specialty Fusion portal. 

Provider Prescription Prior Authorization Requests

Select medications may require prior authorization. A physician may submit authorization requests by:

  • Faxing the plan using the form below.
  • Submit electronically using one of our partners below (CoverMyMeds or Surescripts).

You can call Customer Service for additional questions at 541-768-5207 or toll free at 888-435-2396.

Page Updated 9-11-2023

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