Texas Offers Free Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

With the increasing number of Zika Virus cases in the United States, Texas has taken a critical step in protecting women, including pregnant women and their unborn children. As of August 9th, 2016, Texas Medicaid added mosquito repellent products to the Texas Medicaid and CHIP formularies.

Texas Medicaid now covers 11 kinds of mosquito repellent. Females between the ages of 10-45, and pregnant women of any age who have Fee-for-Service (FFS) Texas Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care (MCO), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), CHIP-Perinate, Healthy Texas Women, Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN), and Family Planning are now covered.

Note: Prescriptions for mosquito repellent will not count against the monthly 3 prescription limit for those clients with a monthly limit.

With this benefit, the state Medicaid programs could cover mosquito repellents when prescribed by an authorized health care professional.

Now, if that isn’t enough, the Texas Medicaid Director has issued a Texas Medicaid Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent for use by pharmacies. Texas now becomes the first state in the nation to implement standing order for mosquito repellent to fight Zika.

This means eligible women and those who use a pharmacy under this standing order will NOT need a prescription to access mosquito repellent. Those who are eligible can go straight to their pharmacy to pick up mosquito repellent and no longer have to call or visit their healthcare provider for a prescription.

For the complete list of products covered, be sure to refer to the Texas Vendor Drug Program – Zika Products Pharmacy Assistance chart.

Kudos to our home state of Texas! If you’re a Texas pharmacy and want to make sure this new development is shown on your website, contact us.

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