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No Copay for Generics in Mail Program

$0 copay for 90-day generics by mail (effective November 1, 2019)

As part of the Optum Rx mail order program, our unions were able to negotiate a zero dollar copay for generics via mail order for all our members.  For those who have prescriptions for maintenance drugs and choose to participate in the mail order program, this can potentially be a great cost savings.  Members will have the following options for continuing prescription or maintenance drug deliveries:

  • To have current valid prescriptions mailed through the program, submit prescription to Optum Rx and you should be enrolled in the mail program automatically.
  • To continue to receive some or all medications at your local pharmacy, you must disenroll from the Mail Service Member Select program or specify which route each prescription should take through Optum Rx by phone or online.

Phone: 844–368-8740
Go to “My Profile”
Scroll down to “Manage Programs”
Select “Mail Service Member Select”

Health Insurance Options and Action

There are a few items for consideration this month during open enrollment, including one medical provider (Aetna) being phased out by the state, elimination of copay for prescription generics to encourage mail delivery, an incentive to join the Omnia Tiered Network Plan, and what you can do to support school-wide health insurance negotiations.

Christine O'ConnellI encourage you to do research before choosing a health care plan so you will have adequate coverage for you and your families’ medical needs.

Questions? Please contact our union at or call (732) 745‑0300.

Critics again blast Rutgers over football program in wake of head coach’s ouster

Santana, NJTVNews

Among the biggest critics is the faculty union, claiming Rutgers — which spends $94 million a year on sports — has lost $200 million since joining the NCAA conference in 2014.

Once again, we’re faced with a huge bill for someone to not work for Rutgers,” the union said in a joint statement with administrators at the school. “Instead of expecting a new coach to magically ‘turn things around,’ Rutgers would be better off supporting our mission of public higher education and research and funding health care for all employees and job security for support staff.”

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