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OHCA Policies and Rules

317:30-5-72. Categories of service eligibility

[Revised 03-01-24]

(a) Coverage for adults.  Prescription drugs for categorically needy adults are covered as set forth in this subsection.

(1) With the exception of (2) and (3) of this subsection, categorically needy adults are eligible for a maximum of six (6) covered prescriptions per month with a limit of two (2) brand name prescriptions. A prior authorization may be granted for a third brand name if determined to be medically necessary by OHCA and if the member has not already utilized their six (6) covered prescriptions for the month.

(2) Subject to the limitations set forth in Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-72.1, 317:30-5-77.2, and 317:30-5-77.3, exceptions to the six (6) medically necessary prescriptions per month limit are:

(A) Unlimited monthly medically necessary prescriptions for categorically related individuals who are residents of nursing facilities (NF) or intermediate care facilities for individuals with an intellectual disability (ICF/IID); and

(B) Seven (7) additional medically necessary prescriptions which are generic products per month to the six (6) covered under the State Plan [including three (3) brand name prescriptions] are allowed for adults receiving services under the 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers. Medically necessary prescriptions beyond the three (3) brand name or thirteen (13) total prescriptions will be covered with prior authorization.

(3) For purposes of this Section, "exempt from the prescription limit" means claims filed for any of these prescriptions will not count toward the prescriptions allowed per month. Drugs exempt from the prescription limit include:

(A) Antineoplastics;

(B) Anti-retroviral agents for persons diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or who have tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV);

(C) Frequently monitored prescription drugs. A complete list of the selected drugs considered as frequently monitored can be viewed on the agency's website at

(D) Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs for opioid use disorder;

(E) Contraceptives;

(F) Hemophilia drugs;

(G) Compensable smoking and tobacco cessation products;

(H) Opioid overdose reversal agents;

(I) Certain carrier or diluent solutions used in compounds (i.e., sodium chloride, sterile water, etc.);

(J) Drugs used for the treatment of tuberculosis; and

(K) Prenatal vitamins.

(4) When a brand drug is preferred over its generic equivalent due to lower net cost, that drug shall not count toward the brand limit; however, it will count toward the monthly prescription limit.

(b) Coverage for children.  Prescription drugs for SoonerCare eligible individuals under twenty-one (21) years of age are not limited in number per month, but may be subject to prior authorization, quantity limits or other restrictions.

(c) Individuals eligible for Part B of Medicare.  Individuals eligible for Part B of Medicare are also eligible for the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. Coordination of benefits between Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D is the responsibility of the pharmacy provider. The SoonerCare pharmacy benefit does not include any products which are available through either Part B or Part D of Medicare.

(d) Individuals eligible for a prescription drug benefit through a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage - Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plan as described in the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003.  Individuals who qualify for enrollment in a PDP or MA-PD are specifically excluded from coverage under the SoonerCare pharmacy benefit. This exclusion applies to these individuals in any situation which results in a loss of Federal Financial Participation for the SoonerCare program. This exclusion shall not apply to items covered at OAC 317:30-5-72.1(2) unless those items are required to be covered by the prescription drug provider in the MMA or subsequent federal action.

Disclaimer. The OHCA rules found on this Web site are unofficial. The official rules are published by the Oklahoma Secretary of State Office of Administrative Rules as Title 317 of the Oklahoma Administrative Code. To order an official copy of these rules, contact the Office of Administrative Rules at (405) 521-4911.