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Medicare Part D Formulary Updates

Each month, Health Alliance Medicare updates formularies to reflect any additions or changes. We only make positive changes throughout the year, which means we add newly covered drugs or move drugs to a lower tier. Members and prospects can find up-to-date formularies online in the Forms and Resources section of HealthAllianceMedicare.org.We also produce a formulary changes flier that reflects all changes made since January 1 of the plan year. This flier is placed in sales kits and available on Your Health Alliance for brokers. We do not print new versions of the formulary each month.

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Top 25 Drug List – Generic & Brand Name

For 2016, the format of our Formulary has changed. If we only cover the generic version of a drug, the formulary does not list the brand name drug next to the generic version. To assist you, we’ve created a list of the top 25 generic drugs that are prescribed to our members and included its brand name next to it. We will still only cover the generic version of the drug, but this will be a helpful tool in determining how drugs are covered on our Formulary.

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Access Provider and Pharmacy Directories Online

Medicare-selling season is in full swing, and you can access our provider and pharmacy directories online. We encourage you to take advantage of the digital versions, which you can find under Forms & Benefits at HealthAllianceMedicare.org. They are the most up-to-date versions and are often easier to use on the go than the printed directories.

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Health Alliance Medicare Earns 4.5 Stars in Washington

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2016 Medicare Star Ratings last week, and we earned 4.5 stars on a 5-star scale in Washington. This marks the first time CMS has rated Health Alliance Medicare, which was previously too new to rate in Washington.

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Health Alliance Medicare Posts Strong Star Ratings for 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2016 Medicare Star Ratings last week, and we earned strong ratings once again, notching 4.5 stars on a 5-star scale for our HMO plans and 4 stars for our PPO plans.

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