Excellus will no longer pay for vitamins, supplements

December 18, 2018 09:15 AM

There are changes coming to a health insurance company many of you use. 

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has announced that vitamins and supplements will no longer be covered because they have not reviewed and approved by the FDA. This relates to vitamins prescribed by a doctor.

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A News10NBC viewer reached out to us for answers about this change. He was concerned about having to pay for his child's chewable vitamins, iron, and fluoride out of pocket. 

Excellus' Vice President of Communications and Community Investment Jim Redmond says this change is happening because vitamins have not been studied in clinical trials to treat a condition.

Redmond issued the following statement about the coverage change:

“Dietary supplements such as vitamins are only covered as a prescription drug when reviewed and approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) through clinical trials to treat a condition. The FDA hasn't reviewed the vitamin supplements through a clinical trial; therefore, they will no longer be covered as a prescription drug as of January 1st.

This change isn't the result of any issue with the medication(s) themselves. If consumers have questions about continuing to take the medication, they should consult your doctor. Members with coverage questions can call the Customer Service number on their member ID cards.

All health care should be safe and effective. Our coverage decisions are based on peer-reviewed clinical evidence of what works and what doesn't. 

Additionally, our medical policies are reviewed and updated regularly by a panel of physicians and pharmacists who practice in our community.”


Kaci Jones

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