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L.A. Care's Formulary & Pharmacy Services

Understanding your pharmacy benefits.

Pharmacy Services

L.A. Care uses a list of covered drugs called a formulary. Drugs on the list have been chosen for their safety and effectiveness. Your doctor should order drugs from this approved list.

Each plan has its own formulary. You can check if your medication is covered by browsing the formulary document for your health plan listed here. L.A. Care can also provide a copy of the formulary in your preferred language, large print, audio, or alternate format.

Plan Partner Drug Coverage

If you receive health coverage through an L.A. Care Plan Partner – Anthem Blue Cross, Care 1st Health Plan, or Kaiser Permanente – then you must use pharmacies in that Plan Partner’s network. The list of covered drugs may also be different for each Plan Partner. Find a pharmacy and a list of covered drugs by calling your health plan provider.

Restrictions to Coverage

Restrictions to coverage apply to certain prescription drugs. The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee develops restrictions to help our members use drugs in the most safe and effective ways. Some restrictions impact overall drug cost, which keeps our members’ drug coverage more affordable. Other restrictions are designed to promote safe use of particular agents, such as opioids. 

Formulary Updates – New drug additions and deletions

L.A. Care formularies are continually updated to provide safe, appropriate, and cost-effective drug therapies. These changes are listed in the documents below.

December 2018 Formulary Updates
November 2018 Formulary Updates
October 2018 Formulary Updates
September 2018 Formulary Updates
August 2018 Formulary Updates
July 2018 Formulary Updates
June 2018 Formulary Updates
May 2018 Formulary Updates
April 2018 Formulary Updates
March 2018 Formulary Updates
February 2018 Formulary Updates
January 2018 Formulary Updates
January to December 2017 Formulary Updates

Prior Authorizations

Prior Authorizations and Coverage Exceptions

One type of restriction is called a Prior Authorization (PA). Certain formulary medications require a written Prior Authorization (PA) request to be submitted by the prescribing practitioner for our L.A. Care members. Prior Authorizations are reviewed based on the individual member’s need. Medications that are non-formulary require a written drug exception request, similar to a PA, to be submitted by the prescribing practitioner.

Policies regarding coverage exceptions vary by plan. Please refer to your member handbook for specific coverage exception information.

Step Therapy

Medications that have a step therapy requirement will require you to try medications in a certain order. If your practitioner  feels that you need to use a Step Therapy drug without first trying a first step drug, he or she can submit a Prior Authorization Form with documentation of the medical need.

Quantity Limits

Medications that have a designated quantity limit, require that only the specified maximum amount of medication be filled during a certain period of time. If your practitioner feels that your medical condition requires a quantity of medication exceeding the specified limit, he or she can submit a Prior Authorization Form, along with documentation of medical need.

If you need assistance with the Prior Authorization Request process, please contact L.A. Care Member Services, 1-888-839-9909 (TTY/TDD) 711.

Cost Share

Member cost share varies by plan. Please refer to your member handbook for specific cost share information.

An online option to order prescriptions

InternetAn Important Pharmacy Change for Members

L.A. Care is providing members with mail order services through our new contracted mail-order pharmacy, Kroger. 

Members can get a 90-day supply of maintenance medications through the mail-order pharmacy service or at a participating retail pharmacy location. Maintenance medications are drugs that may need to be taken for a long-term health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. To set up a mail-order account or to order refill(s) for an unexpired prescription, access Kroger Mail Order Pharmacy

If the medication(s) has no refill(s) remaining, prescribers will need to provide a new prescription. This is a free service to members.

Kroger Mail Order Pharmacy Form
Kroger Mail Order Pharmacy Form (Spanish)