Skip to main content

Blue Cross to waive copayments for chronic conditions


PHILADELPHIA Independence Blue Cross has announced that it will waive copays for 75 generic medications used to treat chronic conditions, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The program, called Rx for Better Health, will be in effect from July 1 through Dec. 31 for IBC and AmeriHealth of Pennsylvania subscribers. It will not apply to people who have Medicare Part D, Medicare discount cards, and members of the Federal Employees Health Benefits program and AmeriHealth of New Jersey or Delaware.

The new initiative is a follow-up to last year’s broader No Pay Copay program, which waived $50 million worth of co-pays for all generics. The company credits that program, which stopped at the end of 2007, with increasing generic use from 47 percent to 62 percent of prescriptions filled.

The new program applies to more than 200,000 subscribers with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, acid reflux, heart failure and heart disease.

This ad will auto-close in 10 seconds