Ho-Chunk Health Care Center PharmacyN6520 Lumber Jack Guy Rd, Black River Falls, WI 54615
Call Black River Falls715-284-9851 ext 35312
House of Wellness PharmacyS2845 White Eagle Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
Call Baraboo608-355-5177

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Am I Being Given A Generic?

  • The FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) makes sure generics are identical to the brand-name in 3 ways:
    • They must have the same active ingredient
    • The dose and strength must be identical
    • The overall quality, stability and safety must be similar
  • In some cases, generics are 80-85% less expensive than brand-name medications
  • In most cases, insurance companies won’t pay for brand-name medications if there is a generic available

Why Do I Have To Wait for a Prior Authorization for My Medication?

  • Prior Authorizations (PAs) exist for a few reasons:
    • They are used for very expensive medications: $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 per dose
    • They can be used for specific approved uses of a medication
    • They can be required if a medication could be abused
  • For PAs, the pharmacy works with your provider for the medication to be paid for by the insurance company
  • On average a PA takes 7 to 10 business days to be approved

What is the difference between Nation Insurance and Benefit?

  • Insurance

    • You might have insurance if you are a Ho-Chunk Elder, an employee of the Nation or immediate family of the employee
    • If you were given insurance cards that say Auxiant

  • Benefit (Uninsured) The Ho-Chunk Nation pays for your healthcare and medications with some help from the Indian Health Service

    • You did not receive insurance cards
    • You can only get your medications for free if you get them from one of the Ho-Chunk pharmacies
    • You are not a Tribal Elder, employee or immediate family of an employee and on their insurance plan

Why Should I Get Insurance?

  • Insurance can help prevent having to pay major medical bills if hospitalized
  • Insurance can help pay for medications if you are traveling
  • Insurance can help pay for medications that Ho-Chunk pharmacies don’t carry
  • Insurance can help pay for medications you might need when the pharmacy is closed, like holidays or weekends
  • Note: Purchased Referred Care (Contract Health) is a payor of last resort. It is not meant to be used long-term
  • Contact our Health Benefits Coordinators for more Information

Why Am I Being Asked to Be Seen Once A Year?

  • The Ho-Chunk Nation receives medications at a discounted rate as a part of an agreement with IHS
  • These medications can only be dispensed to Tribal members who are ACTIVE patients of the Health Department: those who are seen once a year
  • It is a tremendous savings to the Tribe if you maintain your active patient status

Note: If you are not seen once every 12 months to remain an active pharmacy patient, you can still use our pharmacy, but you may be responsible for any co-pay or payment of medication

What qualifies as a Health Department visit to be an active pharmacy patient?

Any service within the Department of Health not related to picking up or being given medications

  • Medical provider visits
  • Dental
  • Optical
  • Nursing
  • Community Health Visits
  • Vaccines
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Podiatry
  • Behavioral Health
  • Telehealth visits (as allowed by specific service)