Managed Care Outlook

Employers struggle to preserve pharmacy benefit


In an effort to protect the pharmacy benefit for employees, companies are using a variety of techniques to manage expenditures. A survey by Hewitt Associates shows that nearly 50 percent of employers that offer pharmacy benefits have added, or are in the process of adding, a third-tier copayment, with the top tiers generally including "brand-name drugs with the highest retail prices." Employers are less enthusiastic about adding more than three tiers. Hewitt surveyed more than 600 major employers with 2,000 or more employees each.

SOURCE: HEALTH CARE EXPECTATIONS: FUTURE STRATEGY AND DIRECTIONS, HEWITT ASSOCIATES

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