CareAdvantage Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)

2019 Drug Coverage

To learn about 2018 CareAdvantage drug coverage benefits, please visit Drug Coverage 2018.

CareAdvantage covers brand and generic medications that are:

  • Prescribed by your doctor 
  • Taken by yourself at home
  • Given to you at a doctor's office, hospital or skilled nursing facility
  • Given to you in the form of injections related to dialysis and chemotherapy

There may be limitations on the types of drugs covered. For more information, see the CareAdvantage CMC Formulary 2019 (list of covered drugs), which includes all of the drugs CareAdvantage covers.

CareAdvantage Drug Coverage Restrictions

Prior Authorization Criteria (PA) 2019

These drugs are in the Formulary but need to be pre-approved before you fill a prescription. This also includes the criteria for approval of each drug.

Quantity Limits (QL) 2019

These drugs are covered but have a set limit on the amount of pills per prescription and the number of times they can be refilled without further authorization.

Step Therapy Criteria (ST) 2019

Some drugs are covered only after you have a tried a recommended drug, but it did not work. When there are two drugs for your condition, CareAdvantage may require you to try one drug first before covering the other drug.

Drugs Not Covered

By law, there are categories of drugs that Medicare Part B and Part D, and Medi-Cal, cannot cover. You can still get drugs that are not covered, but CareAdvantage will not pay for them. You must pay for the full cost of drugs not covered.


CareAdvantage Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan) is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. Limitations and restrictions may apply. For more information, call the CareAdvantage Unit or read the CareAdvantage CMC Member Handbook 2019.

Benefits and co-pays may change on January 1 of each year.

If you speak other languages other than English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-866-880-0606 (TTY: 1-800-735-2929). (Download this statement in multiple languages.)


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Page updated September 30, 2018