Pharmacy updates for members

We’re making improvements to prescription drug plans for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network for Medicare individual and group members starting Jan. 1, 2023.

What's new

There are changes to your prescription drug plan. These changes will help us continue to provide access to the medicine you need through a large nationwide pharmacy network, while working to help make your prescriptions more affordable.

New member ID card

You’ll receive a new member ID card before the end of the year. This card will include new information needed to use your coverage at the pharmacy.

You’ll need to begin using this new card on Jan. 1, 2023, for your prescription medicine to be covered correctly. You can also use your digital ID card, which is always up to date in the BCBSM mobile app. Don’t use this card before Jan. 1, 2023 and destroy your old card after Dec. 31, 2022.

New mail-order pharmacy

Optum Rx® will be the new mail order pharmacy starting Jan. 1, 2023. If you receive any of your medicine through our current mail order pharmacy, Express Scripts, most prescriptions with refills remaining will automatically transfer to Optum Home Delivery. They will contact you when your prescription is transferred.

Updated online member account pharmacy pages

You’ll notice an updated pharmacy section in your online member account and the mobile app starting Jan. 1. This shows information about your medications and out-of-pocket costs. There are tools to help reference drug lists, compare prices, find in-network pharmacies and enroll in home delivery. But the pages will have a new look and share additional information.

We'll send emails about these topics over the next several months. To sign up for member emails from us, update your communication preferences under Account Settings in your online member account

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  1. Optum Rx® is an independent company providing home delivery pharmacy and other pharmacy benefit management services to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.
  2. Express Scripts Inc. is an independent company providing pharmacy benefit administration services on behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.
  3. Alliance Rx Walgreens Pharmacy is an independent company providing specialty drug services on behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network.
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