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Blue Shield of California commercial plans have two pharmacy network types: Rx Ultra and Rx Spectrum. Both networks provide you with access to over 68,000 convenient retail pharmacies nationwide including grocery, discount, and drug stores.
Rx Ultra network is the pharmacy network type for Individual and Family Plans, Covered California plans, most Small Business plans, and most Large Group plans. This network allows you to visit any participating network pharmacy. You will be responsible for the copay or coinsurance listed in your benefits. If your plan has a deductible, that could impact what you pay.
For Small Business and most Large Group plans, starting January 1, 2022, upon group renewal, you can obtain up to a 90-day supply of maintenance medications from any participating network pharmacy (Rx90 Retail). You will be responsible for the copay or coinsurance listed in your benefits. If your plan has a deductible, that could impact what you pay.
If you already have pharmacy benefits through Blue Shield of California, you can log in to search the pharmacy network that pertains to your current plan.
Rx Spectrum is the pharmacy network type for Small Business Trio HMO plans, and Small Business Tandem PPO plans, and select Large Group plans with the Rx Spectrum rider. This network offers cost savings when you fill a prescription at one of these preferred pharmacies: CVS Pharmacy, Costco, Safeway, and Vons. You can still use non-preferred network pharmacies, but you could pay a higher cost share for your prescriptions.
For select Small Business and most Large Group plans, starting January 1, 2022, upon group renewal, you can obtain up to a 90-day supply of maintenance medications from any participating network pharmacy (Rx90 Retail). You will be responsible for the copay or coinsurance listed in your benefits. If your plan has a deductible, that could impact what you pay.
If your Blue Shield Plan has the Rx Spectrum pharmacy network, get started on saving with one of these links:
- Find an Rx Spectrum pharmacy
- RxSpectrum pharmacy directory (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Learn more about Rx Spectrum (PDF, 36 KB)
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Learn about prescription drug coverage and view our formularies. You can also learn about the differences between preferred generic and brand-name medications covered under your outpatient prescription drug benefit.
Our prescription drug formularies are updated monthly and formulary change announcements are updated quarterly. You can read about the recent changes.
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We've answered your most frequently asked questions about prescription benefits. If your question isn't listed, check your Evidence of Coverage or call the number listed on the back of your Blue Shield Member ID card for assistance.
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Page last updated: 10/21/2022
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1 Specialty medications and opioids are limited to a 30-day supply.
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