Medicare Advantage Members

aurora Health Prior Authorization + Part D Formulary

The formulary includes those drugs that are covered under your Quartz Medicare Advantage (HMO) plan if you have chosen Part D coverage.


To view the copay/coinsurance amounts of the different tiers, see the Copayment/Coinsurance Amounts tables.

For details on how to request approval of a non-formulary medication or a tiering exception, see the Exceptions to the Formulary page.

Refer to our Alternative Drug List to see our alternative or preferred drugs for the most common drugs that are not covered or are in a non-preferred tier.

Preferred Blood Glucose Meters and test strips

FreeStyle Lite, FreeStyle Freedom Lite, FreeStyle Precision Neo, and Precision Xtra are the preferred blood glucose monitoring systems and test strips. Test strips are limited to 200 strips per 30 days. Unless an exception request is approved, other meters, test strips, and quantities are not covered.

Preferred Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

FreeStyle Libre 14 day, FreeStyle Libre 2, Dexcom G6, and Dexcom G7 are the preferred continuous glucose monitors when submitted through the pharmacy benefit manager (PBM). Prior authorization is not required if the member has had a paid claim for insulin through the PBM in the past six months. Members that have not had a paid claim for insulin through the PBM in the past six months will require prior authorization for coverage.

Prior authorization criteria are listed here.

Special Requirements

Within the Formulary, you will see which drugs may have special requirements including

Prior Authorization – Some medications need approval by the Pharmacy Department before Quartz Medicare Advantage will cover them.

Step Therapy – some prescription drugs require Step Therapy. Step Therapy means that you have to try one or more drugs first before Quartz Medicare Advantage will cover the prescribed drug.

Quantity Limits – Some prescriptions have limits on how much of the medicine covered per prescription. It can also mean that you can only get a specific amount of the drug within a period of time.

P&T Committee

The drugs on the Quartz Medicare Advantage Formulary are selected with help from the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee. The P&T Committee is a team of health care providers. The Formulary is made up of medicines that are a necessary part of a quality treatment program.

Quartz Medicare Advantage will generally cover the drugs listed in our Formulary as long as the drug is:

  • medically necessary
  • the prescription is filled at a Quartz Medicare Advantage network pharmacy
  • other plan rules are followed

For more information on how to fill your prescriptions, please review your Evidence of Coverage (EOC). You can view your plan documents, including the EOC by logging into MyChart.

Brand and Generic Drugs

Quartz Medicare Advantage covers both brand-name drugs and generic drugs within the formulary. Generic drugs have the same active ingredient formula as a brand-name drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than brand-name drugs and are rated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be as safe and effective as brand name drugs.

Updating the Formulary

Formulary development and maintenance is an ongoing process. The P&T Committee regularly reviews new and existing medications to ensure the formulary remains responsive to the needs of our members and providers. The formulary is updated periodically and changes are able to be seen by clicking on the Part D Drug formulary link above.

Medicare Advantage Drug Information

Looking for information on your drug plan? Find answers to your questions and view the drug list.