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Insurance and GoodRx

Sometimes, insurance isn’t the best deal — because of high deductibles or high co-pays, or because maybe your drug isn’t covered at all. In many cases, GoodRx prices actually beat insurance prices (a co-pay or co-insurance charge). The good news is you can use GoodRx instead of insurance. Here’s a guide to making the right call.

GoodRx beats insurance prices 40% of the time

For generic drugs, GoodRx saves people an average of $10-25 savings

70% of GoodRx customers have insurance

Can I use GoodRx instead of insurance?

You can and should use a GoodRx discount instead of your health insurance or Medicare if the price is lower. Keep in mind, though, that GoodRx cannot be combined with your insurance or any federal or state-funded program such as Medicare or Medicaid. GoodRx is not insurance.

If your find a better price on GoodRx than what your coverage offers, ask the pharmacist to use the coupon and process the transaction as a “cash” payment instead. They will use the codes on the GoodRx coupon to find your new price.

If the pharmacist has any trouble, please give us a call at 1-855-268-2822 (M-F 9am-6pm CST). Our advocates are there to help you, and can often resolve your issue while you’re still in the pharmacy.

10 drugs where GoodRx could be cheaper than your insurance

Best GoodRx prices
pillLisinopril
Best GoodRx Price
$4.00
Typical Insurance Price
$6.28
pillLevothyroxine
Best GoodRx Price
$4.00
Typical Insurance Price
$7.33
pillSimvastatin
Best GoodRx Price
$4.00
Typical Insurance Price
$7.60
pillAtorvastatin
Best GoodRx Price
$8.90
Typical Insurance Price
$13.05
pillCitalopram
Best GoodRx Price
$4.00
Typical Insurance Price
$9.08
pillOmeprazole
Best GoodRx Price
$5.25
Typical Insurance Price
$9.67
pillSertraline
Best GoodRx Price
$8.63
Typical Insurance Price
$11.55
pillHydrochlorothiazide
Best GoodRx Price
$3.10
Typical Insurance Price
$6.28
pillFluticasone Propionate
Best GoodRx Price
$13.28
Typical Insurance Price
$18.19
pillLorazepam
Best GoodRx Price
$4.52
Typical Insurance Price
$8.25

How to decide between GoodRx and my insurance?

You don't have to wait until you get to the pharmacy cash register – you can compare prices at home. Here's how:

1Check your insurance price

Log on to your insurance company portal and find the "Price a Medication" link under your Pharmacy Benefits. Note any restrictions, such as prior authorization, step therapy, or quantity limits. Also, see if you’re under a deductible, which would have you pay full price for your prescription until you reach the out-of-pocket limit.

2Check GoodRx prices

GoodRx lists free discount prices and provides coupons so you can receive a discounted price when you pick up your prescription. It’s all free!

Look up the cost of your prescription to start saving now:
3Choose how you’ll pay

Depending what your co-pay fee or co-insurance percentage charge is, GoodRx might be the better way to go to save more.

Why is GoodRx cheaper than my insurance?

Your health insurance helps cover major medical expenses, but the cost of healthcare is rising, and many plans cover less than they used to.

Insurance companies use lists of drugs, called formularies, to price different drugs. If your medication is on a higher formulary tier or is a non-preferred drug, it can mean a higher co-pay or no coverage at all. What’s more, if your plan has a deductible for prescriptions, you may be expected to pay full price for your drug until you reach the out-of-pocket maximum.

In all these cases, GoodRx can offer a simpler and more affordable way to pay for your medication. If you find a cheaper discount with GoodRx than what your insurance is asking you to pay, then tell your pharmacist you want to pay cash with a GoodRx coupon instead of paying with insurance.

Can I get reimbursed by my insurance if I use GoodRx?

When you use GoodRx, you are choosing to pay without your insurance, but you can ask your insurer to reimburse you or to apply your purchase against your deductible.

Here’s the deal:

Paying with a GoodRx coupon is considered an “out-of-network” purchase, and it’s up to the insurance company to decide if they’ll pay you back — or whether they’ll count it toward your deductible. Frankly, it’s often tough to get a straight answer on the rules; when we called several insurance companies to ask about their policy, we got different answers, even from the same company, depending on who we talked to.

So, while we can’t promise you’ll get reimbursed, it can be worth trying. Here’s how:

1Get your receipts together – save everything!
2Fill out your insurer’s prescription reimbursement form (see list below)
3Mail (or fax) the form and your receipts (make copies for yourself!) to the address indicated

If you don’t see your insurance, let us know! help@goodrx.com

Aetna
Anthem
Blue Shield CA
BCBS Texas
Cigna
CVSCaremark
Express Scripts
HealthNet
Humana
Kaiser
Optum
Oxford
United Healthcare