CareAdvantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) 2023

Drug Coverage

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

In general, CareAdvantage only covers prescriptions that are filled by network pharmacies. However, there are certain circumstances under which CareAdvantage will reimburse you for prescriptions filled by out-of-network pharmacies.

Search for a Covered Drug

Search for a covered drug by generic or brand name, or browse all drugs by category.

 Search the Formulary

Drug Coverage Limitations

Prior Authorization Criteria (PA)

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

Step Therapy Criteria (ST)

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.

Formulary Exceptions

CareAdvantage has rules about who is eligible to get which drugs. For example:

  • CareAdvantage may cover the drug your doctor prescribed, but you may not meet the coverage criteria
  • CareAdvantage may no longer cover a drug you have been taking due to a formulary change

CareAdvantage sometimes makes exceptions to the rules if the prescribing doctor shows there is a medical reason that a person needs a particular drug. This is called a formulary exception.

Request a formulary exception

To request a formulary exception, your doctor should contact HPSM Pharmacy Services at 650-616-2088, then fax a written statement to 650-829-2045 that explains the medical reason for this request.

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.

Download the list of covered drugs (formulary)

Other drugs, such as some over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are not covered by CareAdvantage and certain vitamins may be covered under Medi-Cal Rx. Please visit the Medi-Cal Rx website ( for more information. You can also call the Medi-Cal Rx Customer Service Center at 1-800-977-2273. Please bring your Medi-Cal Rx Beneficiary Identification Card (BIC) when getting drugs through Medi-Cal Rx.

CareAdvantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) 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 2023 Member Handbook.

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 or dial 7-1-1). ( Download this statement in multiple languages.)


Page updated October 1, 2022