Over-the-Counter Allowance

With a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medicare Advantage plan, your coverage goes with you when you're shopping over the counter. Our over-the-counter allowance program, called Advantage Dollars, helps you save on eligible over-the-counter drugs, items and certain food products.

Who's eligible

This benefit is available to all individual Medicare Advantage plan members.

What you can get

You get an Advantage Dollars card preloaded with an allowance of $50 to $165 per quarter, depending on which Medicare Advantage plan you have.

Your card can be used to purchase eligible items such as:

  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Denture adhesive
  • Eye drops
  • Pain medications
  • Toothpaste
  • First aid items
  • Food items for members with certain conditions *

* Food items will be available to purchase with the Advantage Dollars card for members who are diagnosed with specific medical conditions.

Unused amounts will roll into the next quarter but not the next calendar year.

You can search for eligible products at MyBenefitsCenter.com.


How to use your card

How to use your Advantage Dollars card in-store at approved retailers

1. Visit a participating store.
2. Shop for approved over-the-counter items or healthy food items.
3. When checking out, swipe your Advantage Dollars card first to pay for all approved items. Then, if necessary, use a secondary form of payment for any remaining items you are purchasing. 

Participating retailers include: Meijer, Walmart, Kroger, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Family Dollar and Dollar General. To find a retailer near you, visit MyBenefitsCenter.com.


How to use your Advantage Dollars card with Convey

Place your order online at Convey.

To place your order or to request a printed catalog and mail order form, call  1‑855‑856‑7878 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. TTY users call 711

Download the Mail order catalog (PDF) and use the Mail order form (PDF) to order items by mail.


How to use your Advantage Dollars card with FarmboxRx

Place your order online at FarmboxRx.

Call 1-888-416-3589 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week. TTY users call 711.


How to use your Advantage Dollars Flex Allowance

This program is for Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO Assure members. You'll receive a Flex credit card in the mail. This card can be used to pay for dental, vision and hearing services and items in addition to your plan-covered services.

Learn more about the Advantage Dollar Flex Program (PDF) and access the Advantage Dollars Flex Reimbursement Form (PDF).

Related documents and forms

Mail Order Catalog (PDF)
Mail Order Form (PDF)
Advantage Dollars Eligible Items (PDF)
Advantage Dollars Eligible Items at Meijer (PDF)
Advantage Dollars Flyer (PDF)
Advantage Dollars Flex Flyer (PDF)
Advantage Dollars Meijer Flyer (PDF)
Advantage Dollars Flex Reimbursement Form (PDF)
FarmboxRx Flyer (PDF)
HMO Reimbursement Form (PDF)
PPO Reimbursement Form (PDF)