Updated coverage for breast cancer prevention medications
Beginning October 1, 2020, most of Anthem’s non-grandfathered health plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cover generic aromatase inhibitors at 100%. There is no member cost share for members who are prescribed these drugs for prevention of breast cancer and use an in-network pharmacy. Prior authorization will be required. Providers will need to complete a questionnaire and submit to IngenioRx for consideration. Women must be 35 years or older and have no history of breast cancer.
This coverage change aligns with the updated USPSTF “B” recommendation regarding Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk. This updated recommendation now includes aromatase inhibitors among medications that can reduce risk of breast cancer (in addition to tamoxifen or raloxifene). The USPSTF recommends that clinicians offer to prescribe risk-reducing medications, such as tamoxifen, raloxifene, or aromatase inhibitors, to women who are at increased risk for breast cancer and at low risk for adverse medication effects.
Providers can contact the provider service number on the back of the member ID card to determine if a member’s plan includes this benefit.
October 2020 Anthem Provider News - Virginia