Members affected by this change will be reimbursed for costs associated with the mail only program.
Anthem Expands Delivery of HIV/AIDS Medications
Members of Anthem who need HIV/AIDS medication are no longer required to obtain their prescriptions exclusively by mail.
Patients receiving the drugs will now have the option to pick up their medications from in-network retail pharmacies, says Consumer Watchdog.
Previously, Anthem required members to obtain prescriptions only by mail.
Jerry Flanagan, litigation director for Consumer Watchdog, says it's very important that HIV/AIDS partients have access to an expert pharmacist who's been trained in HIV/AIDS medications.
"It allows patients with HIV/AIDS to protect their privacy and health by choosing to opt to turn to their retail pharmacy and receive their medication from expert HIV pharmacists who can help protect their health needs," he says.
Anthem Blue Cross patients in California gained the right to opt out of the mail order program in 2013.
Cigna and United Healthcare already offer an alternative to the mail only program.