Montana State University

Montana State University
Staff Senate

Montana Hall Room 106
P.O. Box 171865
Bozeman, MT 59717-1865
(406) 994-6895
staffsenate@montana.edu

Chair:

Shana Wold

Vice Chair:

Dave Court

Program Coordinator:

Joan L. Ford

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Changes to URx Prescription Program Survey

Changes to the URX Prescription Program became effect on July 1, 2010. On November 17, 2010 Staff Senate sent a survey to all classified employees to better under the effect of the recent implementation of the URx prescription program.  The confidential survey was done to assess the financial impact of this change on classified employees.  268 of the nearly 1,100 classified employees responded to the survey that they are currently using the MUS prescription benefit plan.


A majority of the respondents noted there was an increased out of pocket cost due to the revised URx prescription program.

Are the URx plan change medication(s) more expensive for you?  If so, has it gone up by:
Answer Options
Response Percent
Response Count
No change
16.8%
40
$0 or less than $5
10.1%
24
$5 to $25
21.8%
52
$25 to $50
18.5%
44
$50 to $75
9.7%
23
$75 to $100
5.9%
14
$100 to $125
5.0%
12
$125 to $150
1.7%
4
$150 or more
10.5%
25


Of concern, is that many classified employees are considering discontinuing their prescribed medication due to the increase out of pocket costs.

Did the increased expense of your prescription medicines cause you to stop or discontinue your medicine?
Answer Options
Response Percent
Response Count
Yes
15.5%
37
No
62.6%
149
Considering this as an option in the future
21.8%
52