Vitamin D Coverage Update

  • Pharmacy News
    Published December 17, 2018

    For all Premera members

    Starting January 1, 2019, vitamin D products will no longer be considered preventive and covered at no charge.

    Premera members may continue to take vitamin D, but they will have to pay coinsurance or a copay depending on their plan. It may be less expensive to purchase vitamin D over the counter, and members with a health savings account (HSA) can use those funds to pay for the expense.

    This change is happening because:

    • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires healthcare plans to cover certain preventive items and services at no cost to members. This list is set by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.
    • The Task Force recently changed its guidance on vitamin D supplements, which will no longer be covered as a preventive service on January 1.
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