Some major insurance providers label prescription costs as “copays”, but WVUE-TV found in some cases the patient is the only one paying. Through documents and interviews with Pharmacists, WVUE-TV showed how some insurance providers are charging people more than medication costs.  

The series revealed the nation’s largest insurance provider, United Healthcare (through its Pharmacy Benefit Manger – Optum), is charging a copay that’s higher than the prescription cost, and clawing back that extra premium.