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Exclusions and Limitations

Provider Type

  • Physicians
  • Participating Physician Groups (PPG) 
    (does not apply to HSP)
  • Ancillary

The following list of exclusions and limitations (benefits vary by plan) applies to the Health Net prescription drug program:

  • Medications prescribed by a non-participating physician are not covered except when the physician's services have been authorized because of a medical emergency, illness or injury, or the physician is the authorized referring physician.
  • Allergy serum.
  • Appetite suppressants or medications for body weight reduction, unless medically necessary for morbid obesity, require prior authorization.
  • Blood.
  • Compounded medications - Prescription orders that are combined or manufactured by the pharmacist and placed in an ointment, capsule, tablet, solution, suppository, cream or other form using Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications, are covered at the Level III copayment. Coverage for compounded medications is subject to prior authorization by the plan and medical necessity. Compounded medications are not covered if there is a similar proprietary product available.
  • Devices other than diaphragms.
  • Dietary or nutritional supplements - Medications used as dietary or nutritional supplements, including vitamins and herbal remedies, are limited to medications that are listed in the Recommended Drug List (RDL). Phenylketonuria (PKU) is covered under the medical benefit.
  • Medications prescribed for cosmetic purposes - Medications that are prescribed for the following non-medical conditions are not covered: hair loss, sexual performance, athletic performance, anti-aging, and mental performance. Examples of medications that are excluded when prescribed for such conditions include, but are not limited to Penlac®, Renova™ , Retin-A®, Vaniqua®, Propecia®, and Lustra.™
  • Supply amounts (for any number of days), which exceed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) or Health Net's usage recommendations.
  • Hypodermic syringes and needles - Hypodermic syringes and needles are limited to disposable insulin needles and syringes and reusable pen devices.
  • Medications prescribed for non-FDA-approved use.
  • Medications prescribed for non-covered services.
  • Lost, stolen or damaged medications.
  • Prescriptions from non-participating pharmacies.
  • Non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications, equipment and supplies (except insulin, diabetic supplies and as required under preventive care coverage).
  • Oxygen.
Last Updated: 10/30/2019