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UnitedHealthcare PBM Change effective 9/1/13

July 18 - Posted at 2:33 PM Tagged: , , , , , ,
Effective September 1, 2013, the PBM (prescription benefit manager) for UnitedHealthcare will be changing from Medco/ExpressScripts to OptumRx. UHC has decided to make this change as part of their transition to consolidating prescription benefits management for their members. By bringing all pharmacy benefit services in-house, this will allow UHC to help members better manage their health care.



How Will This Change Effect Me?


There will be NO CHANGE to a member’s current prescription benefit coverage as a result of the move to OptumRx.


Members will receive a new UHC ID card in the mail with the new OptumRx information on it. The new card will not be effective until September 1st. Members will also receive communication direct from UHC to help inform them about this change also.


Members will still have access to over 64,000 network retail pharmacies, including all large national chains, and many local community pharmacies.


Most current mail service prescriptions that have remaining refills will automatically transfer over to OptumRx. Prescriptions for certain medications, like painkillers, will not transfer. In this instance, members will receive a letter from UHC letting them know their current prescription will not transfer over to OptumRx and they will need to obtain a new mail order prescription from their doctor.


Please contact our office for more information on this transition.

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) TV’s lineup just got a bit tastier with the addition of a new program: The Better Cook. The new show is done in partnership with General Mills Live Better America. The show is filmed in the General Mills test kitchen and features healthy recipes from the website.


The show features celebruty chef Daniel Green- a kitchen pro who specializes in health cooking. Chef Green is a regular on ShopNBC and hosts Kitchen Takeover on Twin Cities Live. He has also been a guest chef on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, BBC Two, and NTV7 Malaysia.


Chef Green focuses on three types of dishes on The Better Cook:


  • Healthified Cooking- making favorite dishes lighter without losing flavor


  • Power Pairings- showing what foods when combined will deliver more nutritional power


  • Off the Shelf- easy ways to make packaged foods a healthier part of your diet


You can easily print and share recipes used on the show also. New shows are being added regularly. Tune in today at:

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