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Coverage determination


Coverage determination is a decision about whether or not a prescription drug is covered. The determination also lets you know how much we cover and how much you need to pay. If a pharmacy says your prescription is not covered, that is not coverage determination. We make that decision. Please call or write us with questions: Please call our Summit Health Customer Service at 844-827-2355. TTY users, dial 711. Customer Service is available to help you from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Pacific Time, seven days a week from Oct. 1 to March 31. After March 31, your call will be handled by our automated phone system on weekends and holidays. Weekend calls are forwarded to voicemail and returned the next day.  

Making a coverage determination request

If you would like to request coverage determination, you or your provider may do one of the following:

Making a coverage redetermination request

A redetermination request is an appeal of a denied coverage determination. If you would like to request coverage redetermination, you or your provider may do one of the following:

Getting prior authorization

You may need to get prior authorization (pre-approval) from us to cover a prescription drug. If a drug in our formulary has a “PA,” you will need to get prior authorization. See our Prior authorization guidelines. To get prior authorization, you or your provider can,

Step therapy guidelines

We use step therapy to help you get the most effective drug for the best price. With step therapy, you try a lower-cost drug to see if it works before stepping up to a higher-cost one. See our step therapy guidelines.

Appointing a representative

You can assign someone you trust to help you manage your Medicare plan. This is what we mean when we say, “appoint a representative.” You can choose whomever you like. It could be a relative, friend, advocate, doctor, etc. To do this, please complete our Appointment of Representative form. You will need to have the person you appoint sign the form. Then, this person can request coverage determination, redetermination and/or file a grievance for you.

Last updated Dec. 17, 2020
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Contact us

Have questions? We’re here to help. Call us today at 844-827-2355 (TTY users, please call 711). Our customer service team is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Pacific Time, seven days a week from Oct. 1 to March 31. After March 31, your call will be handled by our automated phone system on weekends and holidays.

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