Medicare Part D: The Medicare prescription drug benefit program. We call this program “Part D” for short. Medicare Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs, vaccines, and some supplies not covered by Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B or Medical Assistance. Our plan includes Medicare Part D.Medicare Part A: The Medicare program that covers most medically necessary hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, and hospice care.
Medicare Part B: The Medicare program that covers services (such as lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (such as wheelchairs and walkers) that are medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. Medicare Part B also covers many preventive and screening services.
Medical Assistance: This is the name of Minnesota’s Medicaid program. Medical Assistance is run by the state and is paid for by the state and the federal government. It helps people with limited incomes and resources pay for long-term services and supports and medical costs.
It covers extra services and some drugs not covered by Medicare. Medicaid programs vary from state to state, but most health care costs are covered if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Drug Information

Formulary (List of Covered Drugs)

A formulary is a list of drugs covered by our health plan. South Country Health Alliance will generally cover the drugs listed in our formulary as long as the drug is medically necessary, the prescription is filled at a South Country Health Alliance network pharmacy, and other plan rules are followed. For more information on how to fill your prescriptions, please review your Member Handbook (under Member Materials to the right).

Formulary medications are FDA-approved and have been chosen for their reported medical effectiveness and value. The formulary is updated at times throughout the year, and the list of drugs may change. The law does not allow certain drugs to be covered through Medicare Part D. When a drug is not covered under Medicare Part D, in many cases it may be covered by Medical Assistance.

Click here to search our online formulary. For a printable version of our formulary, view the List of Covered Drugs under Member Materials to the right.

What if my drug is not in the formulary?

First, contact Member Services and ask if your drug is covered. If Member Services tells you that South Country Health Alliance does not cover your drug, you have two options:

  • Your doctor or pharmacy can call the PerformRx Provider Help Desk to discuss options that are covered by South Country Health Alliance. The Provider Help Desk number is on the back of your ID card.
  • You can ask South Country Health Alliance to make an exception and cover your drug. For more information on how to request an exception, go to our Part D Coverage Determination, Appeals and Exceptions page.


This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information.

South Country Health Alliance covers both brand name drugs and generic drugs. 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.

Coverage of prescription drugs and supplies listed on the drug list/formulary is subject to your benefit plan’s design and coverage provisions and may differ from that listed. Not all generic drugs are equivalent to the available brand drug. Please check with your pharmacist.

Benefits, premiums and/or copayments may change on January 1 of each year.

Eligible beneficiaries must use network pharmacies to access their prescription drug benefit, except under non-routine circumstances. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply.

Copays may vary based on the level of Extra Help that beneficiaries may receive. Contact your plan for further details.

AbilityCare Member Materials
2024 MaterialsLast Updated
Enrollment FormPDF11/22/23
Member Handbook
Annual Notice of ChangesPDF10/15/23
Summary of BenefitsPDF10/15/23
Pre-Enrollment ChecklistPDF10/5/23
List of Covered Drugs (Formulary)PDF5/1/24
Formulary UpdatesPDF5/1/24
Provider and Pharmacy DirectoryWeb PageSee link
Medicare Star RatingsPDF (English)
PDF (Español)
LIS Premium Summary ChartPDF10/15/23
CMS Best Available Evidence CoverageWeb Page (external link)
Covered Diabetic Testing SuppliesPDF5/6/24

H5703_5772 Accepted 8/9/21

SeniorCare Complete and AbilityCare are health plans that contract with both Medicare and the Minnesota Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) to provide benefits of both programs to enrollees. Enrollment in either plan depends on contract renewal.

Last Updated on 05/22/2023 by Chris Gartner