Prescription Drug Plan: view a list of network pharmacies on the CVS Caremark website.

When enrolling in an NYU medical plan, participants automatically receive prescription drug coverage through CVS Caremark. Your CVS Caremark identification card should arrive at your home address within three weeks of a new enrollment.

The cost of medication will depend on the type of drug (i.e., generic, brand-name on the CVS Caremark Performance (Preferred) Drug List (PDF), or brand-name not on the list) as well as whether you fill the prescription through a retail pharmacy or mail order service.

You can save the most money on prescriptions by opting for lower cost generic drugs. You can also save money when you use a brand-name drug on the CVS Caremark Performance (Preferred) Drug List (PDF).

Your cost for each prescription you fill: UHC Choice Plus POS Plan 
with HSA Plan
Type of Prescription
(your portion after
deductible is met)

Retail pharmacy

-- Retail Generic

-- Brand-name on CVS/Caremark’s Preferred Drug List

-- Brand-name not on CVS/Caremark’s Preferred Drug List

-- Maintenance medication filled three or more times

30-day supply






Mail Order

-- Mail Order Generic

-- Brand-name on CVS/Caremark’s Preferred Drug List

-- Brand-name not on CVS/Caremark’s Preferred Drug List

90-day supply





* HDHP with HSA Plan: Until the combined medical and prescription drug deductible is met, you will pay the full cost of your non-preventive medical expenses and non-preventive prescription drug expenses. Preventive drugs on the CVS Caremark Preventive Drug Therapy List (PDF) are not subject to the deductible. Coinsurance of 10% will apply.

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Maintenance Medications

If you or your dependent(s) take any maintenance medications regularly (i.e., for three months or more), you are required to fill your prescription through the convenient mail order service to your home. If you choose to fill your maintenance medication at a retail pharmacy, you will be required to pay a $75 copayment on your third and subsequent retail fills. An alternative option is to request that your mail order prescription be delivered to your local CVS pharmacy, rather than your home, through CVS Caremark’s Maintenance Choice program. You may refill a 90-day prescription through Caremark mail service at day 50. You may also receive as much as a 180-day supply at mail service, for the cost of two mail order copays, if your physician will write a prescription for a 180-day supply.

If you use a pharmacy that does not participate in CVS Caremark to fill a prescription, you will pay 100% of the retail price. You will then need to submit a claim form for reimbursement, along with an original prescription receipt. You will only be reimbursed for the cost the plan would have paid had you gone to a network pharmacy (discounted price), less the applicable copay. In most cases, the discounted price will be less than the retail price, so you will end up paying more. You may view a list of network pharmacies on the CVS Caremark website or call a CVS Caremark representative at 800-421-5501.

Summary Plan Description

Save with Generic Drugs*

Generic drugs are a safe, effective, low-cost option for treating many common conditions. CVS Caremark will dispense a generic medicine, if available, as a substitute for a brand-name medicine when filling your prescriptions. If either you or your doctor request a brand-name medicine when a generic equivalent is available (your doctor may indicate “DAW” or Dispense As Written on the prescription), you will pay the generic drug copay, PLUS the difference in cost between the brand-name and the generic medicine. See a DAW example (Google Doc: 11 KB) for more detail.

The Generic Step Therapy program applies to therapies to treat the following conditions: high blood pressure and cholesterol, acne, prostate, asthma, osteoporosis, pain and inflammation, cholesterol (triglycerides), allergies, glaucoma, stomach/ulcer, migraine, sleep related problems, and incontinence. This program helps you and your doctor choose a lower-cost, generic medicine as the first step in treating these health conditions. If you try (or have tried) a generic drug and it does not work for you, then you may receive coverage for a non-preferred brand drug that your doctor prescribes. If no generic is available – or if it is not right for you – your plan provides coverage for preferred select brand drugs, which may also save you money. However, if you choose to use a non-preferred brand drug without trying a generic first or without your doctor getting prior approval for a non-preferred brand, coverage may be denied and you may have to pay the full cost of the brand drug. CVS Caremark will contact you and your doctor prior to any Step Therapy change. See the Step Therapy FAQs (PDF) for more details.

*The CVS/Caremark Prescription Drug Plan Generic Step Therapy Program applies to the UHC HDHP with HSA medical plan only.

Out-of-Pocket Maximums*
  • Individual: $2,500
  • Family: $5,000
*Does not apply to the High Deductible Health Plan.