"Updates for 2021 AT&T Prescription Drug Benefit Program:
Effective January 1, 2021
HIV Updated Program, ~500 Participants Impacted Mobility wide
Allows AT&T participants to fill up to 90-days supply for HIV Oral Medication via the CVS Specialty Pharmacy. Because of the need to closely monitor and change dosages, Specialty Drugs fills are currently limited to a 30-day supply (except cancer which is a 15-day supply).HIV oral medications have become more stable and require less dose/medication changes, therefore reducing the risk of waste, therefore allowing for this change.
Diabetic Supplies (Disposable Insulin Devices)Updated Coverage, No Current Participants Impacted
Update coverage for disposable insulin devices under the prescription drug benefit. CVS implemented this coverage under their standard formulary. These disposable insulin devices will be covered as of 2021 as a preferred drug in the formulary and will be covered under the applicable copay/coinsurance amount. These new disposable devices are not considered traditional durable medical equipment (DME) and are not covered under medical, therefore, it is appropriate that they are covered under the Prescription benefit.
Allergy ImmunotherapyUpdated Category, No Current Participants Impacted
Include a new category of drugs for allergy oral immunotherapy medications (e.g., pet allergies, peanut allergies), to the Personal Choice provision. Currently, these medications are excluded from coverage in the medical plan. Like other Personal Choice Drugs, coverage will not be provided under the Plan, however, participants may have access to discounts offered by CVS Caremark. Amounts paid by the participant will be excluded from accumulators and any participant spend in this category will not go toward deductibles or out-of-pocket maximums.
Effective July 1, 2021 (administrative feasibility, notify participants of update)
The existing step-therapy program which requires trial of lower cost products of equivalent clinical value, includes drugs prescribed to treat headaches. Emerging Migraine medications will fall under this program, a notice is planned to participants about the process required to obtain coverage for these new drugs."
AT&T sent out a letter to "Select AT&T Bargained employees" (please see letter to the right)
They make it sound like something more than it is, this is from CWA's HR representative for D3: "This letter is stating that if you retire after Jan. 1, 2021 you will not be eligible for the HRA money the company is now giving to retirees. This does not affect the company subsidy that is in place now, or the future, only your eligibility for the HRA money. So if you retire after Jan. 1, 2021, and you are/or become Medicare eligible during the life of this contract, AT&T will still be your secondary medical coverage, and will also cover your drugs. Once you reach Medicare eligibility you MUST enroll in Medicare part A & B to keep AT&T coverage. Once the contract ends then you will need to find other secondary coverage and it does not have to be through AON.
The letter was sent out company wide to craft and management, but with the Southeast, it may not make much difference. We are guaranteed AT&T coverage for the life of the contract. For example, if you retiree today, and are Medicare eligible, you would not be eligible for the HRA subsidy until after the end of the 2024 contract, the same rule would apply if you waited until after Jan. 2021. So since the company only guaranteed the HRA money until the year 2023, it would not make much of a difference to us in the Southeast because of the contract."
Also, please see the attached Q&A regarding this issue - to the right--->
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