Special Prescription Drug Programs

U-M prescription drug plan members may receive notification about participating in a voluntary prescription drug program.

MHealthy Tobacco Independence Program

$0 copay for select nicotine replacement therapy

Effective January 1, 2014, coverage of select generic over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy is available to all eligible U-M employees and their benefits enrolled spouses or OQAs with a $0 per month copay. Products include generic nicotine patches, generic nicotine gums, and generic nicotine lozenges. Brand name OTC nicotine replacement products will not be covered. Patients will need either a written prescription from a licensed prescriber or an authorization letter from an MTIP tobacco treatment specialist. Patients interested in prescription quit aids such as Chantix will need a prescription from their physician.  Further detail is available in the letter from MedImpact.

For more information regarding smoking cessation benefits, please refer to the Preventive Care Update.



MHeathly Tobacco Treatment


  • 1-800-681-9578 MedImpact Member Service
  • (734) 998-2193 MTIP Tobacco Consultation Service

Statin Pill-Splitting Incentive Program

50% copay discount and free pill splitter

Cholesterol lowering medications called statins are available in different strength tablets at the same or very similar cost. When physicians prescribe half as many higher-strength pills and have the patient split the tablet to the desired dosage, the overall cost can be reduced as much as 50%.

You can reduce your copays by 50% when you and your physician voluntarily choose to participate in the pill-splitting program.  Medications that qualify for this program are:

  • simvastatin (10, 20, 40, 80 mg)
  • lovastatin (20, 40 mg), pravastatin (20, 40 mg)
  • atorvastatin (20,40, 80 mg)
  • Crestor (10, 20, 40 mg)

There are no specific enrollment forms for this program. Your physician writes prescriptions for qualifying medications as "take 1/2 tablet once a day." The university will pay for one pill-splitter per calendar year to assist you in splitting tablets, if you wish to participate.

The instructions for pill splitting are available from the links below for your use. We suggest that you print out the instructions and take them with you to your physician’s office to discuss the program and keep them to assist you in cutting tablets.