As the dangers associated with the use of prescription painkillers reach epidemic levels nationally, the 1199SEIU Benefit Funds are working hard to protect you and your family. As of October 1, 2017, we have joined with Express Scripts in a member safety program focused on pain management while lowering the threat of opioid addiction, which can often be fatal. The Express Scripts Advanced Opioid Management program follows New York State law, which limits first-time prescriptions of opioids for people dealing with severe pain to a 7-day supply. The program does not affect patients who receive pain management therapy due to cancer care or hospice care (palliative care and end-of-life care).
If you have any questions about how this program may affect you, please call an Express Scripts pharmacist at (855) 621-9206, or call the Express Scripts Prior Authorization Department at (800) 753-2851. You can also call the 1199SEIU Benefit Funds’ Member Services Department at (646) 473-9200.