I just enrolled in Medicaid, specifically the UnitedHealthCare Community Plan in New Jersey. Now most of the medications I'm currently taking are included in the Preferred Drug List, but there are a couple which are not on the list. To get the insurance company to pay for a drug that's not on the list, the doctor needs to fill out a Prior Authorization request, and then the insurance company needs to approve the request.
My question is, how likely is it for the insurance company to approve the Prior Authorization request? Here's what the Member Handbook of the plan says:
The drugs in the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan PDL have been selected to provide the most clinically appropriate and cost-effective medications for patients who have their drug benefit administered through UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. It is also recognized that there may be occasions where an unlisted drug is desired for the proper medical management of a specific patient. In those infrequent instances, the prior authorization process reviews requests for unlisted medications the physician may consider medically necessary for patient management....
A prior authorization request form is available in the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan provider manual and should be used for all prior authorization requests if possible. Appropriate documentation must be provided to support the medical necessity of the non-PDL request. The UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Pharmacy Department will respond to all requests in accordance with state requirements.
But that's just boilerplate. Can anyone tell me in practice, how likely it is for my prior authorization to get approved? Do insurance companies tend to be stingy about this sort of thing, especially in a Medicaid plan? Or do the "state requirements" for Medicaid alluded to in the quote above ensure a high rate of approval?