Welcome to NYRx, the Medicaid Pharmacy Program

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The New York State Medicaid Pharmacy program, NYRx, covers medically necessary FDA approved prescription and non-prescription drugs for Medicaid members. Prescription drugs require a prescription order with appropriate required information. Non-prescription drugs, often referred to as Over-the-Counter or OTC drugs, require a fiscal order (a fiscal order contains all the same information contained on a prescription). Certain drugs/drug categories require the prescribers to obtain prior authorization. Information on this benefit can be found in the New York State Medicaid State Plan Amendment.

Beginning April 1, 2023, Medicaid members enrolled in mainstream Managed Care (MC) plans, Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs), and HIV-Special Needs Plans (SNPs) will have their pharmacy benefits transitioned to NYRx, the Medicaid Pharmacy program. The transition did not apply to members enrolled in Managed Long-Term Care plans (e.g., PACE, MAP, and MLTC), the Essential Plan, or Child Health Plus.

Pharmacy program and billing policy and other pharmacy related information can be found in the NYS MMIS Pharmacy Provider Manual and the Department's Medicaid Update. You may also contact us at NYRx@health.ny.gov or (518) 486-3209 for Medicaid pharmacy policy related questions.

How to use NYRx, your Medicaid Pharmacy Benefit