Get your prescriptions without leaving the house

Stay safe and skip a trip to the pharmacy
Older gentleman opening his mail-order pharmacy package

While you’re sheltering in place amid the coronavirus outbreak, you’re likely cutting back on trips to the grocery store, walking at dawn when there are fewer people outside, and keeping up with family and friends on Zoom or FaceTime.

One area you might not have figured out yet: how to get your prescriptions while maintaining social distancing.

Here are a few options:

  • You can receive a 90-day supply of your maintenance medications* delivered to your home through Blue Shield of California’s mail service pharmacy, CVS Caremark. Read on to learn what a mail service pharmacy is, and how to enroll.

  • You can visit your pharmacy’s website or call your local pharmacy for more information on free home delivery offerings during this time.

*Maintenance medications are those that are taken to treat long-term and chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, high-blood pressure, cancer, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Why utilizing prescription delivery is vital during COVID-19

Prescription delivery is a great way to practice physical distancing and help flatten the curve. By having your prescriptions mailed to your home, you limit your exposure to the coronavirus in public places. This is key if you suffer from a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes adults aged 65 and older, people with moderate to severe asthma and HIV, and those with serious heart conditions, chronic lung disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, liver disease, or are severely obese or immunocompromised.

What’s a mail order pharmacy?

Much like the name suggests, CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy delivers your maintenance medications to your doorstep. Not only is it convenient, you don’t have to spend money on transportation or wait in line to get your prescription filled.

Another benefit? Potential cost savings. When you order a 90-day supply of covered maintenance drugs through mail service, you may save on your cost share.

How to enroll in CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy

To sign up, visit www.caremark.com or call CVS Caremark at (866) 346-7200. You’ll be asked to register and provide basic information such as your name, shipping address, payment method, and drug allergies. Once you are registered, ask your doctor to send your prescription to CVS Caremark.

A few tips:

  • Because of shipping time, make sure that you have enough medication to last until your first order arrives. Allow 10 to 14 business days for delivery of your new prescription. Once your prescription is on file with CVS Caremark, allow five to eight business days to receive refills of your covered maintenance medications.

  • If you receive notification that there may be a delay in the shipment of your prescription, please contact Member Services at the number on your Blue Shield member ID card.

This is health care made easy. Make sure you utilize prescription delivery to make accessing your medication a little less difficult during these trying times.

Learn more about how Blue Shield is covering coronavirus testing and treatment.