Starting January 1, 2023, Blue Shield of California will be offering a Prescription Savings Program to Commercial plan members with outpatient prescription drug benefits through Blue Shield. This SMS text-based program provides discounts on member out-of-pocket costs for select medications. The program is designed to improve prescription drug affordability, medication adherence, and will be implemented in collaboration with Sempre Health, a digital health technology company.
The program works as follows:
- Members taking select preferred medications will receive email/direct mail invitations to enroll
- Once enrolled, members will receive a discount ID to use when picking up their medication at any retail pharmacy
- Participating members receive text messages with refill reminders and what they will pay for each on-time refill
Enrollment in the program is at no extra cost to the member. The amount members save depends on their benefit design and prescription refill frequency, but the more they fill on time, the more they can save.