Apple Health Preferred Drug List (PDL)
The Health Care Authority (HCA) implemented the Apple Health Preferred Drug List (PDL) on January 1, 2018. All managed care plans and the fee-for-service program serving Apple Health clients will use this PDL.
HCA will add more drug classes to the Apple Health PDL beginning July 1, 2018. Additional drug classes that have been reviewed by the DUR Board will be added at this time and will continue to be added until all drug classes have been added to the Apple Health PDL.
The Apple Health PDL has products listed in groups by drug class. Unless otherwise indicated, the authorization criteria is that the client must have tried and failed, or is intolerant to, at least two or more preferred drugs within the drug class unless contraindicated, not clinically appropriate or only one drug is preferred.
In addition to approval criteria for nonpreferred products, there are some products or drug classes which require additional clinical criteria to be met. These are indicated in the prior authorization (PA) status column.
Note: For continuity of care, all plans will use the same PA criteria, step therapy edits, and quantity limits developed by HCA.
Managed care and fee-for-service (FFS) plans
If you can't find the drug you are looking for on the Apple Health PDL, contact the managed care plan. For the FFS plan, see the FFS plan only coverage lists below.
- Apple Health PDL effective 1/1/2020
- Apple Health PDL 10/1/2019 - 12/31/2019
- Apple Health PDL 7/1/2019 - 9/30/2019
- Apple Health PDL 4/1/2019 - 6/30/2019
- Apple Health PDL 1/1/2019 - 3/31/2019
- Apple Health PDL 10/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
Preferred drug lists (PDL)
- April 1, 2019 - current
- January 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019
- October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018
- July 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018
- January 10, 2018 - June 30, 2018
- January 1, 2018 - January 9, 2018
- View all FFS PDLs
For previous versions, email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The therapeutic interchange program (TIP) will apply to the 30 drug classes included in both the Washington PDL and the Apple Health PDL. Therapeutic interchange is a service for Endorsing Practitioners of the Washington PDL.
Other drug coverage lists
- Over-the-counter products
- Cough and cold products
- Drugs for Part D dual eligible clients
- Drugs with limitations
- Drugs billed under miscellaneous HCPCS codes that require prior authorization
Note: For information on billing and rates, the Apple Health PDL, and expedited authorization codes, please visit the Prescription Drug Program on our provider billing guide and rates webpage.