MESSA ABC health plans include coverage for an extensive list of free preventive prescriptions that are covered at no charge to MESSA ABC members (no copayment and no deductible charge). This coverage gives members who enroll in MESSA ABC additional ways to stretch their health care dollars and helps them limit their out-of-pocket costs.
Given the rapidly-changing prescription drug market, this list is frequently updated. For the most accurate and up-to-date listing, visit the MESSA ABC area at messa.org or call MESSA's Member Service Center at 800.336.0013. Preventive prescriptions that are covered for free under this MESSA ABC benefit include hundreds of generics and numerous “single-source” brand name drugs (single-source brand name drugs are drugs for which no generic options have been brought to market yet).
Covering these important preventive prescriptions helps keep down the cost of MESSA ABC. Making preventive services and preventive prescriptions more affordable (and in many cases, free) for patients means they are more likely to go see their doctor and follow their doctor’s guidance. This helps MESSA members stay healthier and avoid higher cost services, such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
In order to be eligible for free preventive prescription coverage under this benefit, a prescription drug must be an FDA-approved drug therapy from one of the following standard preventive drug categories:
- Alcohol dependence
- Cholesterol-lowering agents
- Colonoscopy-related medications
- Contraceptives for women
- Fluoride preparations
- High blood pressure-lowering agents (Hypertension)
- Prenatal vitamins
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
Because the prescription drug market changes rapidly, this list is updated frequently. This version is current as of July 19, 2017. For the most accurate and up-to-date listing, visit the MESSA ABC area at messa.org or call MESSA's Member Service Center at 800.336.0013.