Provider Alert! Zika Prevention: Mosquito Repellant Benefit UpdateTexas Children's Health Plan
Date: February 10, 2021
Attention: Primary Care Providers
Effective Date: February 18, 2021
Providers should monitor the Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) Provider Portal regularly for alerts and updates associated to the COVID-19 event. TCHP reserves the right to update and/or change this information without prior notice due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 event.
Call to action: Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) would like to inform network providers that effective February 18, 2021 Texas Medicaid will renew a standing order for select mosquito repellents for TX Medicaid and CHIP members to prevent contraction of the Zika virus. This year-round benefit is covered through TCHP prescription benefits at no cost.
How this impacts providers:
Which TCHP members are eligible for this benefit?
- Females ages 10-55 years old
- Pregnant females of any age
- Males ages 14 years and older
Does an eligible member require a prescription to receive mosquito repellant?
No. The Texas Medicaid Medical Director has issued a Texas Medicaid Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent for use by pharmacies. TCHP members who use pharmacies that dispense mosquito repellent under this standing order will not require a prescription from their healthcare provider. You may prescribe mosquito repellent, but it is not required. See below for recommended prescription details:
Drug Name: “Mosquito repellent”
Directions: Use topically, as directed.
Quantity: One (1) can/bottle
How much mosquito repellent can an eligible member receive?
One (1) can/bottle of mosquito repellent per prescription fill, with one (1) additional refill allowed per calendar month.
Next steps for providers: Providers should share this communication with their staff.
Resources: Zika Texas Medicaid Benefit; State Department of Health Services (www.texaszika.org) and the CDC (www.cdc.gov/zika)
If you have any questions, please email TCHP Pharmacy Department at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For access to all provider alerts, log into:
www.thecheckup.org or www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org/for-providers.
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