Big Changes to TRICARE Pharmacy Network
Effective December 1, 2016, the TRICARE pharmacy network contractor, Express Scripts Inc (ESI) announced that Walgreens Drug stores will rejoin the pharmacy network. The current CVS drug store chain will be dropped from this network. This means TRICARE users will now be able to fill their prescriptions off-base at Walgreen's pharmacies without paying out-of-network rates. However CVS users will have to change pharmacies or pay unsubsidized rates for their medications. By adding Walgreens back into the network, TRICARE hopes it is providing their beneficiaries a network pharmacy within 5 miles of their home. This new network will have more than 57,000 locations nationwide, and hopefully TRICARE beneficiaries will have convenient access to retail pharmacies in their community.