Find answers to the most commonly asked Medicare questions

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Monkeypox
  • Members
  • Shoppers
  • Billing
  • Pharmacy
Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for individuals six months and older. For the latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, check the COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can also visit  Sharp HealthCare’s website for information about COVID-19.

Is the vaccine covered under my benefits?

Yes. Sharp Health Plan members can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost from any pharmacy that is part of the CVS Caremark® national network. Use the pharmacy locator to find a pharmacy near you. Supply may be limited, so please check with your pharmacy to be sure they have the vaccine available. Many pharmacies, such as CVS, Rite Aid®, Vons® and Walgreens®, have online scheduling available.

How can I get my vaccine?

Sharp Health Plan members can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost from any pharmacy that is part of the CVS Caremark national network. Use the pharmacy locator to find a pharmacy near you. Supply may be limited, so please check with your pharmacy to be sure they have the vaccine available. Many pharmacies, such as CVS, Rite Aid, Vons and Walgreens, have online scheduling available.

Can I get my other vaccines at the pharmacy?

For other vaccines, be sure to choose an option that’s in your plan medical group.

  • Seasonal flu vaccine: See where to get a flu shot through your plan medical group.
  • Other vaccines: Please speak with your primary care physician.
If you’re unsure which plan medical group you belong to, check the front of your Sharp Health Plan member ID card.

How do I replace my lost vaccination card?

The CDC no longer distributes the white CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards and does not maintain vaccination records.

  • I got vaccinated in California: Go to and enter your info to access your vaccination records. Use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari for the best experience.
  • I got vaccinated in another state: Contact that state’s health department immunization information system.

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Please visit the CDC website and Sharp HealthCare’s website for up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

About COVID-19

What are the everyday preventive actions I should be taking?

In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following prevention tips:

  • Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Improving ventilation
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if needed
  • Following your physician's recommendations for what to do if you have been exposed
  • Staying home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19
  • Seeking your physician's advice on treatment recommendations if you have COVID-19 and are at high risk of hospitalization 
  • Avoiding contact with people who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Please also follow these prevention tips as needed:

  • Wearing recommended masks
  • Keeping appropriate distance from others

How can I protect myself?

The best way to prevent infection is to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has authorized three vaccines that have proven to be up to 95% effective in protecting against COVID-19. Be sure everyone in your family who is eligible for the vaccine is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Where can I get more information?

To learn more about COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency. If you have additional questions, please call 211 San Diego.

We also encourage you to visit for the latest information from Sharp.

Testing & treatment

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Call your doctor first if you are concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath. Your doctor will assess your situation and recommend where you should be seen. In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you stay home and treat mild symptoms. Not all patients need to be tested. Testing is provided based on a risk assessment recommended by the CDC.

Is medically necessary COVID-19 testing covered by my insurance?

Yes. Sharp Health Plan covers COVID-19 testing when an authorized health care provider gives the test or has referred you to get a test for personal diagnosis or treatment. COVID-19 diagnostic testing is covered for members with or without symptoms, whether or not you have been exposed to COVID-19. Medically necessary testing and related items and services are covered when provided by your plan medical group or an emergency department. Applicable copays apply.

Is COVID-19 testing required by my employer covered by my insurance?

No. Non-diagnostic testing required for employment or public health surveillance is generally not covered. Non-diagnostic tests are tests related to public health surveillance, general workplace health and safety, or for other purposes not primarily intended for individualized diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19 (e.g., when an employer or other entity requires repeated or mass testing for surveillance or employment purposes).

Are at-home COVID-19 tests covered by my insurance?

No, at-home tests are not covered.

How can I get free at-home COVID-19 tests?

The Biden Administration is distributing free at-home at-home COVID-19 tests to every home in the U.S. You can order tests online at, as of Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. Tests will usually ship within 7-12 days of ordering. Please contact a HRSA health centerTest to Treat site, or ICATT location near you to learn how to access low- or no-cost COVID-19 tests provided by the federal government.

How can I get a prescription for Paxlovid or Molnupiravir (Lagevrio)?

Paxlovid and Molnupiravir (Lagevrio) are antiviral medicines that can help you fight COVID-19. These treatments aren’t right for everyone. If one of these treatments is determined to be medically necessary for you, you can get a prescription from your primary care physician, a Test to Treat location or a state-licensed, in-network retail pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens. Please note that you will need to provide your latest medical records and a list of currently prescribed medications to get a prescription from an in-network pharmacy. Please also note that quantity limits and fill restrictions apply to these medications. Please refer to the Sharp Health Plan drug formulary for formulary restrictions.

Will Sharp Health Plan cover the cost of COVID-19 treatment?

Sharp Health Plan’s policy includes coverage for inpatient and outpatient services related to COVID-19 treatment. Services must be provided by Plan providers affiliated with your plan medical group (PMG), unless your PMG has authorized the service in advance, or it is an emergency service. You are responsible for any copay, coinsurance or deductible related to these services to treat COVID-19.


What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a viral infection caused by the monkeypox virus, which is in the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. It’s less contagious than smallpox and usually spreads through close, personal contact. Generally, it does not cause severe illness, and most monkeypox cases resolve on their own. That said, a small number of reported cases have resulted in severe illness and death.

Due to the high number of cases, the World Health Organization has declared the current monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed cases of monkeypox in most parts of the U.S., including San Diego. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website.

How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox usually spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash. It can also be spread by sharing surfaces, clothing, or bedding with an infected person along with blood and/or bodily fluids. Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

What are the symptoms of monkeypox?

According to the CDC, symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion or cough)
  • A rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face or mouth. The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing. The rash can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later.

Is there a monkeypox vaccine?

Yes. The County of San Diego is currently prioritizing vaccination for individuals 18 or older who:

  • Have been identified as intimate with or otherwise close contacts of a person diagnosed with monkeypox.
  • Have been intimate or otherwise had skin-to-skin contact with a person who has a monkeypox-like rash.
  • Have attended an event where a diagnosed case has been reported.
  • Are part of a community in which monkeypox infections have been reported. At this time, this includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and have had more than one sex partner in the last month.

For more information on the monkeypox vaccine, visit Sharp HealthCare’s website.

How do I protect myself against monkeypox?

Along with vaccination — recommended for people who have been in close contact with individuals who have monkeypox or who had multiple sexual partners in the past 14 days in an area with known monkeypox cases — the CDC recommends you:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

What should I do if I think I may have monkeypox?

If you think you may have monkeypox contact your primary care physician and follow the CDC's isolation guidelines:

  • Do not share items that have been worn, used or handled with other people or animals.
  • Wash and disinfect items that have been worn or handled and surfaces that have been touched.
  • Avoid close physical contact with other people.
  • Avoid crowds and congregate settings, such as residential facilities, dormitories and prisons.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after direct contact with the rash.

Understanding my coverage and benefits

What is a network?

A network is a group of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical service providers associated with your unique health plan.

What is a plan medical group (PMG)?

A plan medical group (PMG) is a designated group of physicians and hospitals associated with your network. You have access to hospitals, specialty care and urgent care centers affiliated with your PMG. It is important to keep in mind that referrals or authorizations do not transfer between PMGs, and you only have access to one PMG at a time.

With the Sharp Direct Advantage Network, you’ll find a family of providers close to where you live and spend time. Our network includes Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (SRS), Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG) and our regional partner, Greater Tri Cities Medical Group. To find out which doctors are affiliated with your PMG, refer to the Sharp Direct Advantage Network provider directory at or call Customer Care at 1-855-562-8853 (TTY 711).

Accessing care

Will I get a card for my Vision Service Plan (VSP)?

No. When you access vision care, your VSP provider can verify your coverage using your Sharp Health Plan member ID number (starts with the letter S).

My eye doctor is unable to verify my eligibility. What do I do?

If your Vision Service Plan (VSP) provider can’t find you in their system, please contact VSP Member Services at 1-855-492-9028, or send an email to to verify that you are in their system. They are available to assist you Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time. If they are unable to find you in their system, please call Sharp Health Plan Customer Care at 1-855-562-8853 (TTY 711) to report this issue. Please be sure to have your Sharp Health Plan member ID number available.

My dentist can’t verify my eligibility. What do I do?

If your dental provider can’t find you in their system, please call Delta Dental’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-390-3368 (TTY/TDD 711). They are available to assist you Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time. If they are unable to find you in their system, please call Sharp Health Plan Customer Care at 1-855-562-8853 (TTY 711) to report this issue. Please be sure to have your Sharp Health Plan member ID number available.

Is the Assist America® phone number on my Sharp Direct Advantage member ID card?

No. Assist America’s contact information is not shown on your member ID Card. To contact Assist America in the U.S., please call 1-800-872-1414. To contact Assist America outside of the U.S., please call 1-609-986-1234. They are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please be sure to have your Sharp Health Plan member ID number available.

Accessing plan materials and correspondence

Is there a way to decrease the amount of mail I receive from Sharp Health Plan? Can I elect for email notifications instead?

Unfortunately, no. Sharp Health Plan is required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to communicate most plan information to members by mail. For this same reason, we are unable to offer an email notification option for member correspondence at this time.

Filling prescriptions

How do I sign up for mail-order prescriptions?

We offer mail order services through our partner CVS Caremark® Mail Service Pharmacy. Please visit the pharmacy section of our website to learn more. You can also call the dedicated prescription helpline that’s printed on the back of your member ID card for 24/7 assistance.

Over-the-counter benefit

How much is my over-the-counter allowance?

Over-the-counter allowances vary depending on your plan. To see which plan you’re enrolled in, check your coverage documents like your Summary of Benefits or Evidence of Coverage. Log in to your Sharp Health Plan online account at to see your coverage documents.

I take aspirin every day. Can I use my allowance to buy it?

Yes, aspirin is just one of the hundreds of everyday health items available in your OTC catalog.

Can I get a physical copy of the OTC item catalog?

VIP Plan, Gold Card & Platinum Card plan members: Call OTC Health Solutions at 1-855-788-3466 (TTY: 711) to request a physical copy of the OTC item catalog. They are available on weekdays from 9 am to 8 pm, Pacific time.

Group VIP Plan, SDPEBA & Extra plan members: Call OTC Health Solutions at 1-888-628-2770 (TTY: 711) to request an OTC item catalog in the mail. They are available on weekdays from 9 am to 8 pm, Pacific time. As another option, you can also download the catalog for your plan and print it out at home.

How do I check my allowance balance?

VIP Plan, Gold Card & Platinum Card plan members: Sign in to with your Advantage Card number. After signing in, you’ll arrive at the “My Benefits” page, which shows your current benefits and OTC allowance balance.

Group VIP Plan, SDPEBA & Extra plan members: Sign in to and select “My Account” to see your OTC allowance balance. Or, you can call 1‑888‑628‑2770 (TTY: 711) to find out your balance.

What if my order costs more than my allowance?

You won’t be able to place an order for an item that is above your allowance amount.

What happens if I have money left in my allowance balance at the end of the quarter? Can I add it to the allowance for the next quarter?

No, your benefit allowance does not roll over into the next quarter (three-month period). At the start of each quarter, your allowance will be reset to your quarterly spending limit.

How long does it take to get my order once I’ve placed it?

Most orders will arrive within 7 to 10 business days of placing your order.

Can I track my orders?

VIP Plan, Gold Card & Platinum Card plan members: Yes. For online orders, you will receive emails with the latest status updates as your order gets processed. Most orders will arrive in 7-10 business days. If you don’t receive you order within 14 days of placing your order, call OTC Health Solutions at 1-855-788-3466 (TTY: 711).

Group VIP Plan, SDPEBA & Extra plan members: Yes. Sign in to, go to “My Account” and select “Order History.” If you haven’t received your order within 14 days, call 1-888-628-2770 (TTY: 711) to check the status of your order.

Can I return my order?

Yes. If you receive a damaged item, please call OTC Health Solutions within 30 days after receiving your order. An identical replacement item will be shipped to you free of charge. No other returns or exchanges are allowed.

Registering for an online account

What is a Sharp Health Plan online account?

A Sharp Health Plan online account gives you access to our free online member portal that connects you with important plan information, 24 hours a day. It’s mobile-friendly and allows you to view your benefits, update plan information, change your primary care physician, request a new member ID card, print a temporary card, check the covered drug list and much more.

Selecting or changing my primary care physician

How do I choose a primary care physician (PCP)?

Your personal doctor, or primary care physician (PCP), is your partner in health. Whether it’s your first visit or an annual preventive care check-up, they will coordinate all of your care. They also provide referrals to other plan providers within your plan medical group. When you select a PCP, you are selecting your plan medical group. We encourage you to select a PCP who best suits your needs. If you are unable to select a PCP at the time you enroll in Sharp Health Plan, we will select one for you based on your mailing address, so that you can access care immediately.

Can I change my primary care physician (PCP)?

We know choosing the right PCP is a personal decision, which is why we make it easy for you to change your selection at any time. You can find a list of doctors online at If you wish to make a change, you can log in to your Sharp Health Plan online account to use the online change PCP form, or call Customer Care at 1-855-562-8853 (TTY 711) and we will help you select a new PCP. The change will be effective on the first day of the following month. Upon making your selection, we will mail you a new member ID card.

Applying for coverage

When can I apply for Medicare coverage? How do I sign up?

If you are turning 65 and plan to begin Medicare, you can apply for coverage up to three months before and three months after your 65th birthday through Social Security.

If you don’t sign up during your Initial Enrollment Period, you could get charged late enrollment penalties, unless you have coverage that’s similar in value to Medicare (like from an employer or through an individual and family plan).

You can sign up for Medicare one of the following ways:

Can I sign up for Medicare if I don’t plan to retire at 65?

If you or your spouse plan to keep working after turning 65, and you want to keep your employer-based coverage, you do not need to enroll in Medicare until you retire.

If you want to enroll in a Medicare plan even though you or your spouse is still working, you may do so. You can then choose to keep your employer-based coverage. Or if you choose to disenroll, ask your employer about their rules for disenrolling.

Should I apply for Medicare if I already get Social Security benefits?

You do not need to apply for Medicare if you’re already receiving Social Security benefits. You get automatically enrolled in Medicare through those benefits.

You should receive your Medicare card and coverage documents from your Social Security office around 90 days before your 65th birthday. Once you have your red, white and blue Medicare card, you can choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan like Sharp Direct Advantage or explore other types of additional Medicare coverage.

How do I get Medicare Part D drug coverage?

You can receive Medicare Part D coverage by enrolling in a qualifying plan. For example, a Medicare Advantage plan with Part D coverage like Sharp Direct Advantage. If you don’t enroll in a plan with Part D drug coverage when you are first eligible, you may be charged a late enrollment penalty from Medicare.

Understanding Medicare coverage and costs

What is Original Medicare? How do I use my Original Medicare benefits?

Original Medicare refers to Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance). When you visit a medical provider that accepts Medicare patients, these visits are covered with a cost share from Medicare. Although Original Medicare may cover a percentage of your care, there is no cap on your out-of-pocket costs and most drugs are not covered. Most people with Medicare enroll in additional coverage, such as a Medicare Advantage plan (like Sharp Direct Advantage), Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan or stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan.

Is there a cost for Medicare? 

Most people pay no premium for Part A but do pay a monthly premium for Part B, which may vary by your income level and when you enrolled. Depending on income, some people also pay a monthly premium for Part D. These premiums are payable to Medicare and are typically deducted from your Social Security check if you receive one.

How do Medicare Advantage plans work? 

Private insurance companies like Sharp Health Plan offer Medicare Advantage plans, or Part C plans. These plans always offer at least the same benefits as Original Medicare and usually more. Depending on the plan, premiums can be as little as $0 per month. These plans combine Part A, Part B and usually Part D into one comprehensive plan, and may add benefits not found in Original Medicare, like hearing and vision. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must only use in-network providers (except in emergency situations).

What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare? Can I qualify for both? 

Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in California) is a state health care program available to people who qualify based on low income status. Medicare is a federal health care program available to people who are 65 and older, as well as people under 65 with specific qualifying disabilities, or people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). If you think you may qualify for Medi-Cal, you should speak with a representative of your local Social Security office. 

Getting enrolled

What are the requirements to enroll in the Sharp Direct Advantage Medicare plan? 

To enroll in Sharp Direct Advantage, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have Medicare Part A and be eligible for Medicare Part B
  2. Reside in San Diego County 
  3. Enroll during a valid enrollment period.

How do I enroll in a Sharp Medicare health plan?

You can choose how you would like to enroll

How can I check my enrollment status?

Contact Customer Care at 1-855-562-8853 (TTY/TDD: 711) to check your enrollment status. Our team is available 7 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.

Paying my bill

I’m a new member. Will I get a monthly bill from Sharp Health Plan?

Welcome! You’ll receive a monthly premium bill from us if your benefit plan has a monthly premium, if you added or upgraded your dental coverage, or if you have late enrollment penalties from Medicare. In most cases, you won’t get a monthly bill if you have your Medicare coverage through your former employer.

How do I pay my monthly premium?

We offer several easy ways to pay, including online, by phone and by mail. We also accept Social Security deductions from members enrolled in an individual Medicare plan.

What’s the difference between automatic payments and automatic bank withdrawals?

With automatic payments, also called “autopay” or “auto pay”, you pay with a credit card, debit card or e-check. To set up automatic payments, go to the “Premium billing” section in your Sharp Health Plan online account from your computer, phone or tablet. You can set automatic payments to be made between the 1st and 25th of the month.

With automatic bank withdrawals, you pay directly from your bank savings account or checking account. To use this payment option, first you have to submit a bank withdrawal pre-authorization form. It can take up to 90 days to take effect. Bank drafts are processed on the 3rd of each month. If the 3rd is on a weekend or holiday, we’ll withdraw payment on the next business day.

Both automatic payments and automatic bank withdrawals allow you to pay your “balance due” amount each month. Please keep in mind, payments will run as long as there’s a balance on your account. If you need to stop payments, you’ll have to cancel the automatic payment in your online account, or contact Customer Care to stop bank withdrawals.

I used to make payments with a payment book. Can I still get those?

Payment books were discontinued at the end of 2023. To continue sending payments in the mail, use the detachable payment slip on your monthly billing statements.

Note: Sharp Health Plan online account users automatically receive paperless bills. If you prefer to receive bills in the mail, log in to your online account or open the mobile app. Then go to the “Premium billing” section and select “Cancel paperless bills.”

Online payments

How do I pay my premium bill online?

Pay your premium bills online through your Sharp Health Plan online account. After you make an online payment, you’ll receive a confirmation email. In your online account, you will also see your monthly premium billing statements and balance due, beginning with your January 2024 bill.

Is making an online payment secure?

Yes. The Sharp Health Plan online account is a safe and secure way to pay your premium bill online. We use Payment Card Industry compliant software with a secure payment gateway technology used to transfer data.

I tried to set up a payment method with my American Express or Discover card, but it wouldn’t go through. Why?

Sharp Health Plan accepts Visa® and Mastercard® credit or debit cards only.

How do I set up automatic payments?

Set up automatic payments in your online account:

  1. Go to the “Premium billing” page and select “Set up autopay.”
  2. Choose the day of the month you would like your payments to be processed. We accept days between the 1st and 25th.
  3. Choose or add a payment method.

How do I cancel an automatic payment?

For the best member experience, we recommend using auto pay to ensure there is no disruption to your coverage. That said, you can cancel an automatic payment by:

  • Going to the “Premium billing” page and selecting “Manage autopay."
  • Selecting “Turn off auto pay” to cancel your automatic payment.

Do I need to create an account to make a one-time payment?

No. You can make payments using the “Pay as guest” feature on the Sharp Health Plan online account login screen. We recommend all Sharp Health Plan members create an online account for the best experience.

How can I see my payment history?

Your payment history is available in your online account, in the “Premium billing” section.

How do I update or change a credit card?

You can update or change a credit card in your saved payment methods:

  1. Log in to your online account..
  2. Go to the “Premium billing” page and select “Manage autopay.”
  3. Choose “Next”, then select “Manage your saved payment methods.”

I still have payments scheduled in the old payment portal. What should I do?

Create a new Sharp Health Plan online account to continue paying your premiums online. Our old Sharp Health Plan payment portal will be deactivated in September 2024. To avoid overpaying, cancel any previously scheduled payments in the old portal before you set up new ones in your online account.

How do I cancel automatic payments in the old payment portal?

To cancel automatic payments in the old payment portal:

  1. Log in to your payment portal account.
  2. Go to the “Automatic payments” page.
  3. Under "Automatic payments," select the trash icon next to the scheduled payment.

Coronavirus & COVID-19

Will the COVID-19 pandemic affect my ability to get prescriptions filled?

Despite the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, our goal is to ensure members have timely, safe access to their medications. There are no currently reported drug shortages that would affect your ability to fill prescriptions. For the latest news and information on prescription availability, we encourage you to visit the CVS Caremark® COVID-19 resource center.

I get my medications in the mail through CVS Caremark, and my last refill was delayed. What’s the reason for the delay?

Medication remains a priority for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), including transportation, processing and delivery. As a result of ongoing COVID-19 impacts, packages mailed by USPS may require more time to be delivered. It’s a good idea to consider signing up for automatic refills to ensure your prescriptions are processed as quickly as possible. Call CVS Caremark at 1-855-222-3183 to learn more about automatic refills.

How do I find out if my medication will be delayed in the mail?

CVS Caremark assigns tracking numbers to all medications delivered by mail. Your tracking number gives you access to see the current shipping status of your package. As soon as your medication leaves the facility, CVS Caremark will send you an email or text notification (based on the notification preferences you set up in your CVS Caremark account) with a tracking number. You can also check the status of your package by signing in to the pharmacy portal or mobile app, or by calling 1-855-222-3183 to request a status update.

What can I do to ensure I receive my medications on time?

To help give you peace of mind and make sure your refills are processed in a timely manner, CVS Caremark offers automatic refill and renewal services. You can sign up online, or call CVS Caremark at 1-855-222-3183 to learn more. The earliest you may request a refill is when you’ve used up 70% of your current prescription. For a 90-day supply, this means you can get a refill 64 days after you last filled the prescription.

I’ve run out of my medication, and the refill I ordered through CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy hasn’t arrived yet. What should I do?

In these cases, CVS Caremark can provide a one-time Mail Order Delay prescription at a local retail pharmacy. Please call CVS Caremark at 1-855-222-3183 to request a carryover of your medication.

Can I get my medication delivered to me?

Yes. There are two ways to get your medications delivered to you:

  1. Get home delivery

    Many pharmacies are offering free home delivery right now. Please check with your pharmacy for more details on what they may be offering.

  2. Sign up for mail order

    Visit to sign up and get your maintenance medications delivered to you. Standard shipping is always free. Standard copayments and deductibles (if applicable) will apply.

What should I do if I’m taking a specialty medication?

If you’re taking a specialty medication, please contact the specialty pharmacy that you get your medication from to discuss any alternative delivery arrangements you may need during this time.

What is Sharp Health Plan doing to prevent potential shortages of key drugs?

Sharp Health Plan is closely monitoring current drug supplies. At this time, we do not see any disruptions to the supply chain that would affect your ability to fill your prescriptions. We are taking steps to ensure that patients with COVID-19 are able to get treatment, while members with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, HIV and lupus maintain access to medication. As always, we encourage you to fill your prescriptions in a timely manner.

Member ID cards & pharmacy

I haven't received my new member ID card, and I can't fill a prescription. What information does my pharmacist need?


We recently updated the pharmacy information on the back of your member ID card.

If you have not received a new member ID card with this information — or cannot access your member ID card via your Sharp Health Plan online account — and are filling a prescription, please share the following information with the pharmacist:

Members with a Sharp Direct Advantage individual plan (Medicare):

BIN 004336
Group RX4154

Members who have a group Medicare plan through Sharp HealthCare or SDPEBA:

BIN 004336
Group RX4155

If you have questions or are experiencing any issues, please call Customer Care at 1-800-359-2002.


If you have additional questions, please contact us at Sharp Direct Advantage. We’re here to help.


Sharp Direct Advantage is offered by Sharp Health Plan. Sharp Health Plan is an HMO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment with Sharp Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Read the full disclaimer.

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