8/14/2012 - FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFRNS) -- TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program growth continued to soar in 2012 by offering a safe, affordable and convenient way to get prescriptions delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
A record 1.38 million prescriptions were filled in May through home delivery. For the year to date, use increased by 30 percent compared to the same time period in 2011. Beneficiaries making the switch to home delivery contributed to a decrease in retail pharmacy use by 10 percent - putting more money in beneficiaries' pockets and slowing growth in pharmacy costs for the Department of Defense, according to TRICARE officials.
Overall satisfaction with the mail-order program continues to grow as more beneficiaries get most of their regular medications delivered to their homes. Of 10,000 users offering feedback online, 91 percent indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied. Other national surveys of retail and mail-order users show very similar satisfaction results for home delivery.
Officials said one of the most popular features is the automatic prescription refill option, which ensures patients do not run out of their medications. Home delivery is also safe because the system automatically checks medical and prescription history to help prevent harmful drug interactions.
TRICARE beneficiaries have three options to fill their covered prescriptions. Using military pharmacies is the most cost effective for the DOD and beneficiaries pay nothing for prescriptions. Home delivery offers generic medications at no cost. Beneficiaries using retail have nearly 56,000 TRICARE retail network pharmacies nationwide from which to choose.
Beneficiaries can find links to sign up for TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or enroll their existing home delivery prescriptions in the automatic prescription refill program at www.tricare.mil/homedelivery or call toll free at 877-363-1303 (Option 2). (Courtesy of TRICARE Comminucations)
8/19/2012 1:35:42 PM ET I recently turned 65. When I did I no longer had my employers health insurance. I now have Medicare and TFL. My wife and college age son no longer have my employers health insurance but instead will have Tricare Standard. A lot of changes there not to mention Express Scripts. With all that going on I contacted the people at Tcicare so I could clear up what exactly my benefits were. I'm pleased to report that the folks at Tricare and Express Scripts could not have been more helpful. They explained in detail all that was eligible to my family and myself. They answered all my questions and stayed with me as long as I had more inquiries. The Express Script folks went through with me all my prescriptions one by one and recorded all the information so that when I start ordering my prescriptions either by online or phone the process will be as easy and smooth as possible. If you're unsure or nervous about the change when you're 65 do yourself a favor and contact Tricare and Express Script.