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UnitedHealthcare broadens consumers direct rebate program

UnitedHealthcare broadens consumers direct rebate program Photo: MGN Images/ FDA

March 12, 2019 07:16 AM

The nation's largest health insurer is expanding a program that passes rebates from drugmakers directly to the people that use their medications.

Beginning next year, all employer-sponsored health care plans that use UnitedHealthcare must give point-of-sale discounts directly to consumers.

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Insurers typically get rebates from pharmaceutical companies to help offset high list prices for well-known drugs. Those are often passed on companies that sponsor employee insurance plans to lower everyone's premiums.


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Yet how these rebates are used has become contentious as the cost of medical care soars.

UnitedHealthcare said Tuesday that its initial direct-rebate program, begun last year, has lowered drug costs by an average of $130 per prescription.

UnitedHealthcare is the insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group Inc.

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