2019 Essentials Rx 803 (HMO) Plan


For information concerning the actual premiums you will pay, please contact PERS or your employee group benefits plan administrator. Your total premium is set by PERS and includes other benefits. Contact PERS for more information. This amount may change on January 1 of each year.

  • 2019 Essentials Rx 803 (HMO) Plan Evidence of Coverage - Coming Soon

    Your Evidence of Coverage is an important legal document that includes details about what’s covered, what’s not covered, and how to get the health care you need.

  • The Annual Notice of Changes (ANOC)

    The Annual Notice of Changes for 2019 gives you a summary of changes to your benefits and costs from 2018 to 2019. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2019.

  • InTouch for Members Login

    Login to InTouch which is your secure member website that lets you access your insurance information online 24 hours a day. Through this secure site you can:

    • View your plans benefits and limits
    • Review your claims, referrals, and authorizations
    • View invoices, Explanation of Benefits (EOBs)
    • Request a new ID card
    • Submit an appeal or grievance online
    • Choose to go paperless

    If you have not logged in to InTouch before, you will need to create an account using the member ID located on your ID card.

Service Area


The 2019 Essentials Rx 803 (HMO) Plan service area includes the following counties in Oregon:

  • Crook
  • Deschutes
  • Grant
  • Hood River
  • Jefferson
  • Klamath: 97731, 97733, 97737, 97739
  • Lake: 97638, 97641, 97735, 97739
  • Sherman
  • Wasco
  • Wheeler

2019 Essentials Rx 803 (HMO) Evidence of Coverage by Chapter


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This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-pays, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums, co-pays and/or co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

What to do if you have a problem or concern


Start Here

Is your problem about your benefits or coverage?

YES

See the information below about Coverage Decisions and Payment Requests or Appeals

NO

See the information below about Complaints


There are three types of problems or concerns:

  1. Appeal: is a formal way of asking us to review and change a coverage decision we have made.
  2. Coverage decision: is a decision we make about your benefits and coverage, or about the amount we will pay for your medical services, or if you request reimbursement or to pay a bill you have received from a provider for covered medical services or drugs. "Organization determination" or "coverage determination" are legal terms for a coverage decision.
  3. Complaint (Grievance): is when you tell us about a problem or concern about us or one of our in-network providers, including the quality of your care. This type of complaint does not involve a coverage decision or a payment dispute. If your problem is about the plan’s coverage or payment, you should look at the section above about making an appeal. A "grievance" is the legal term for a complaint.

Coverage Decisions and Payment Requests


A coverage decision is a decision we make about your benefits and coverage or about the amount we will pay for your medical services or drugs. If you ask us for reimbursement or to pay a bill you have received from a provider for covered medical services or drugs, we are making a coverage decision for you whenever we decide what is covered for you and how much we pay. In some cases we might decide a service or drug is not covered or is no longer covered by Medicare for you. If you disagree with this coverage decision, you can make an appeal. Please see the section below about appeals.

  1. For Medical Care

    If you are in any of the five following situations, you can ask us for a coverage decision if:

    1. You are not getting certain medical care you want, and you believe that this care is covered by our plan.
    2. Our plan will not approve the medical care your doctor or other medical provider wants to give you, and you believe that this care is covered by the plan.
    3. You have received medical care or services that you believe should be covered by the plan which was included in the Evidence of Coverage, but we have said we will not pay for this care.
    4. You have received and paid for medical care or services that you believe should be covered by the plan, and you want to ask our plan to reimburse you for this care.
    5. You are being told that coverage for certain medical care you have been getting that we previously approved will be reduced or stopped, and you believe that reducing or stopping this care could harm your health.

    Start by calling, writing, or faxing us your request for us to provide coverage for the medical care you want or to reimburse you for medical care you paid for. You, your doctor, or your representative can do this. Click here to contact us.

    We will give you an answer within 14 calendar days after we receive your request unless you ask for more time or if we need more information that may benefit you. If your health requires it, you can ask for a fast coverage decision which means we will answers within 72 hours. If your doctor tells us that your health requires it, we will automatically give you a fast coverage decision. Otherwise, you must meet two requirements:

    • You can get a fast coverage decision only if you are asking for coverage for medical care you have not yet received. (You cannot get a fast coverage decision if your request is about payment for medical care you have already received.)
    • You can get a fast coverage decision only if using the standard deadlines could cause serious harm to your health or hurt your ability to function.

  2. For Part D Prescription Drugs

    If a drug is not covered in the way you would like it to be covered, you can ask us to make an "exception." An exception is a type of coverage decision where you ask:

    1. us to cover a drug that is not on the List of Covered Drugs (Formulary).
    2. us to remove a restriction on a drug (such as a limit on the amount of the drug you can get).
    3. to pay a lower cost-sharing amount for a covered Part D prescription drug.
    4. us whether a drug is covered for you and whether you satisfy any applicable coverage rules (such as when your drug is on the formulary but we require you to get approval from us before we will cover it for you).

    Start by calling, writing, or faxing us your request for us to provide coverage for the Part D prescription drug you want. You, your doctor, or your representative can do this. Click here to contact us.

    We will give you an answer within 72 hours after we receive your request for a drug you have not yet received or within 14 days for a drug you have already received unless you ask for more time or if we need more information that may benefit you. If your health requires it, you can ask for a fast coverage decision (also called an expedited coverage determination) which means we will answers within 24 hours. If your doctor tells us that your health requires it, we will automatically give you a fast coverage decision. Otherwise, you must meet two requirements:

    • You can get a fast coverage decision only if you are asking for coverage for medical care you have not yet received. (You cannot get a fast coverage decision if your request is about payment for medical care you have already received.)
    • You can get a fast coverage decision only if using the standard deadlines could cause serious harm to your health or hurt your ability to function.

If you are not satisfied with our coverage decision, you may ask for an appeal. Please see the section below about appeals.


Appeals


If we make a coverage decision and you are not satisfied with this decision, you can "appeal" the decision. An appeal is a formal way of asking us to review and change a coverage decision we have made. When you make an appeal, we review the coverage decision we have made to check to see if we were following all of the rules properly. Your appeal is handled by different reviewers than those who made the original decision. When we have completed the review we give you our decision.

In order to process your appeal, we must receive it within 60 calendar days of the denial date.

  1. For Medical Care

    Start by calling, writing, or faxing us your request for us to provide coverage for the medical service you want. You, your doctor, or your representative can do this. Click here to contact us.

    We will give you an answer within 30 calendar days after we receive your request unless you ask for more time, or if we need more time to obtain information that may benefit you. If your health requires it, you can ask for a fast coverage decision to be provided within 72 hours of receipt of your request.

  2. For Part D Prescription Drugs

    Start by calling, writing, or faxing us your request for us to provide coverage for the Part D prescription drug you want. You, your doctor or prescriber, or your representative can do this. Click here to contact us.

    We will give you an answer within 7 calendar days after we receive your request. If your health requires it, you can ask for a fast coverage decision to be provided within 72 hours of receipt of your request.

If we say no to all or part of your appeal, you can go on to a Level 2 Appeal process. The Level 2 Appeal is conducted by an independent organization that is not connected to us. (In some situations, your case will be automatically sent to the independent organization for a Level 2 Appeal. If this happens, we will let you know. In other situations, you will need to ask for a Level 2 Appeal.) If you are not satisfied with the decision at the Level 2 Appeal, you may be able to continue through several more levels of appeal.


Complaints (Grievances)


A complaint is when you have a problem or concern with the quality of care, waiting times, customer service or other concerns about service provided to you. This type of complaint does not involve a coverage decision or a payment dispute. If your problem is about the plan’s coverage or payment, you should look at the section above about making an appeal. A complaint is when you tell us about a problem or concern with:

  • the quality of your medical care.
  • respect of your privacy.
  • disrespect, poor customer service or other negative behaviors.
  • waiting times.
  • cleanliness.
  • information you get from us.
  • timeliness of coverage decisions and appeals.

Start by calling or writing Customer Service with your complaint. Click here to contact us. In order to review your complaint, we must receive it within 60 calendar days after you had the problem or concern you want us to address.

Most complaints are answered within 30 calendar days. If we need more information and the delay is in your best interest or if you ask for more time, we can take up to 14 more calendar days (44 calendar days total) to answer your complaint. If you are making a complaint because we denied your request for a "fast coverage decision" or a "fast appeal," we will automatically give you a "fast" response. If you have a "fast" complaint, it means we will give you an answer within 24 hours.

Once we have reviewed your complaint, we will respond and address your concerns in writing.

For concerns about the quality of your medical care, you can make the complaint to us, and/or, you can make your complaint to a Quality Improvement Organization. The Quality Improvement Organization is a group of practicing doctors and other health care experts paid by the Federal government to check and improve the care given to Medicare patients. To find the name, address, and phone number of the Quality Improvement Organization for your state, look in Chapter 2 of your Evidence of Coverage. If you make a complaint to this organization, we will work with them to resolve your complaint.

For complaints about our plan, you can also submit directly to Medicare. To submit a complaint to Medicare, go to www.Medicare.gov/MedicareComplaintForm/home.aspx .


Submitting Appeals or Complaints Online


You can submit an appeal or complaint through our secure website for members, InTouch. Click "InTouch Login" at the top of our plan website to register or login into your account. There are two ways you can access our online appeal and complaint forms:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose "File Appeal or Grievance."
  2. From the Quick Links box, choose "File Appeal or Grievance."

An online form will appear for you to fill out. The form has two sections, one is for appeals (Tab 1) and the other is for complaints (grievances) (Tab 2). Fill out the section that applies to your situation. After you have completed the form(s) click “Submit” to submit your request to the plan for review. Follow up notices will be sent to you by mail (or phone call for expedited reviews).


Asking For Someone to Request a Coverage Decision, Appeal or Complaint on Your Behalf


If you have someone filing a complaint on your behalf, or someone appealing our decision for you other than your doctor or prescriber (for Part D prescription appeals), unless you have a Power of Attorney for Healthcare on file, your complaint/appeal must include an Appointment of Representative form authorizing this person to represent you, or a copy of the Power of Attorney for Healthcare. Click here to complete the "Appointment of Representative" form. While we can accept a complaint or appeal request without the form, we cannot review the issue until we receive it. If we do not receive the form within 44 days after receiving your complaint or appeal request (our deadline for making a decision), your appeal request will be sent to the Independent Review Organization for dismissal. Complaints will be dismissed directly by the plan without further review.


How to Obtain an Overall Number of Complaints, Appeals, and Exceptions


You can call Customer Service for information on how to get an overall number of complaints, appeals, and exceptions filed with us.


Additional Resources


We are always available to help you. But in some situations you may also want help or guidance from someone who is not connected with us. You can always contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). You can also contact Medicare. Here are two ways to get information directly from Medicare:

  • call 1-800-MEDICARE or (800) 633-4227, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should call (877) 486-2048.
  • visit Medicare’s website at www.Medicare.gov .

You also have the right to hire a lawyer to act for you. You may contact your own lawyer, or get the name of a lawyer from your local bar association or other referral service. There are also groups that will give you free legal services if you qualify. However, you are not required to hire a lawyer to ask for any kind of coverage decision or appeal a decision.


This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-pays, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums, co-pays and/or co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

Part D Prescription Drug Information (PERS)


Your plan includes Part D prescription drug coverage. The List of Covered Drugs (also called a formulary) includes a list of drugs selected by the plan with the help of a team of doctors and pharmacists. The drugs on this list are covered under Medicare Part D. The drug list also include both brand name and generic drugs. A generic drug is a prescription drug that has the same active ingredients as the brand name drug. Generally, it works just as well as the brand name drug and usually costs less. There are generic drug substitutes available for many brand name drugs.

Your plan does not cover all prescription drugs. In some cases, the law does not allow any Medicare plan to cover certain types of drugs and in other cases your plan decided not to include a particular drug on the Drug list. Every drug on the drug List is in one of cost-sharing tiers below:

  • Tier 1 includes Preferred Generic drugs.
  • Tier 2 includes Generic drugs.
  • Tier 3 includes Preferred Brand drugs.
  • Tier 4 includes Non-Preferred Brand drugs.
  • Tier 5 includes Specialty drugs.
  • Tier 6 includes Select Care drugs.

To find out which cost-sharing tier your drug is in, look up your drug through our online drug search. You can also find whether your prescription drug has any restrictions. Our plan uses different types of restrictions to help our members use drugs in the most effective ways.

  • When a generic is available, our network pharmacies will provide you the generic version.
    We usually will not cover the brand name drug when a generic version is available. However, if your provider has told us the medical reason that the generic drug will not work for you OR has written "No substitutions" on your prescription for a brand name drug OR has told us the medical reason that neither the generic drug nor other covered drugs that treat the same condition will work for you, then we will cover the brand name drug. Your share of the cost may be greater for the brand name drug than for the generic drug.
  • Getting plan approval in advance.
    For certain drugs, you or your provider need to get approval from the plan before we will agree to cover the drug for you. This is called "prior authorization." Sometimes the requirement for getting approval in advance helps guide appropriate use of certain drugs. If you do not get this approval, your drug might not be covered by the plan.
  • Trying a different drug first.
    This requirement encourages you to try less costly but just as effective drugs before the plan covers another drug. For example, if Drug A and Drug B treat the same medical condition, the plan may require you to try Drug A first. If Drug A does not work for you, the plan will then cover Drug B. This requirement to try a different drug first is called "step therapy."
  • Quantity limits.
    For certain drugs, we limit the amount of the drug that you can have. For example, the plan might limit how many refills you can get, or how much of a drug you can get each time you fill your prescription. For example, if it is normally considered safe to take only one pill per day for a certain drug, we may limit coverage for your prescription to no more than one pill per day.

For more information about Part D prescription drugs, you can contact us. We have a team of pharmacy experts that can help you avoid adverse events, ensure your drugs don’t interact with each other, find alternative medications that may work for your conditions, and we can help provide you with one-on-one consultations with a clinical pharmacist. Call Customer Service for more information.


Low Income Subsidy (LIS) Premium Information


Your plan premium includes coverage for both medical services and prescription drug coverage. If you have limited resources and income, you may be able to get Extra Help paying for your drug costs. The amount of financial help awarded is based on income and resources. You may get help with your monthly premiums or drug copayments. In addition, there is no gap in coverage (no donut hole). According to the Social Security Administration, Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. Some people are automatically eligible. You will qualify for Extra Help if you have Medicare and any of these conditions.

  • You have full Medicaid coverage.
  • You get help from your state Medicaid program paying your Part B premiums (in a Medicare Savings Program).
  • You get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

You may be eligible for Extra Help if you meet the following conditions:

  • You live in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
  • Your resources are limited to $13,440 for an individual or $26,860 for a married couple living together. Resources include things such as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds. Your home, car, and things like life insurance are not considered to be resources.
  • Your annual income is limited to $17,505 for an individual or $23,595 for a married couple living together. If your annual income is more than this, you still may be eligible for help if you:
  • You support other family members who live with you and have earnings from working.

If you get Extra Help from Medicare to help pay for your Medicare prescription drug plan costs, your monthly plan premium will be lower than what it would be if you did not get Extra Help from Medicare. The amount of Extra Help you get will determine your total monthly plan premium as a member of our plan. The links below provide you with the premium you would pay as a member of our plan while you are getting Extra Help, and Best Available Evidence which will assist you in determining what level of assistance you may qualify for if Medicare’s system does not reflect the most up-to-date and accurate subsidy information.

LIS Premium Information

Best Available Evidence

If you aren’t getting extra help, you can see if you qualify by contacting us or by:

  • Calling 1-800-Medicare. TTY/TDD users should call (877) 486-2048 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
  • Contacting your State Medicaid Office
  • Calling the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 or applying online at www.SSA.gov/PrescriptionHelp . TTY/TDD users should call (800) 325-0778 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-pays, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums, co-pays and/or co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.

General Forms


  • Release of Health Information Form

    This form allows a member to designate a representative to obtain their health insurance information. This does not allow the representative to speak on the member’s behalf.

  • Member Advance Directive

    The advance directive is designed to enhance an incapacitated individual's control over medical treatment, and describe applicable State Law concerning advance directives.

  • Medical Claims Reimbursement Form

    This form can be used to request reimbursement for Medical costs not billed by your provider.

  • Provider Nomination Form

    If your provider is not currently a part of our plan network, you can use this form to ask us to contact your provider about joining our network.


Complaints and Appeals Forms


  • Member Grievance Form

    Use this form for complaints about issues that do not involve a denial of coverage of services, and have occurred within the last 60 days.

  • Member Appeal Form

    If you would like to appeal a denial of coverage, please complete and submit this form.

  • Appointment of Representative Form and Instructions

    This CMS form contains instructions on how to appoint a healthcare representative. If you would like to appoint a person to file a grievance, request a coverage determination or exception, or request an appeal on your behalf, you and the person accepting the appointment must fill out this form (or a written equivalent) and submit it with the request.

  • Medicare.gov Complaint Form

    This form can be used to submit feedback about your Medicare health plan or prescription drug plan directly to Medicare at www.Medicare.gov . Your feedback will be used to continue to improve the quality of the Medicare program


Part D Prescription Drug Forms



Printable Forms for Your Doctor or Pharmacist