Texas reinstates Medicaid benefit for mosquito repellent

AUSTIN - The Texas Health and Human Service Commission is reinstating the Medicaid benefit for mosquito repellent after the first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus was reported in the state.

Texas HHSC said the benefit ended Oct. 31, and that it was brought back “given the possibility to local transmission and risk of Zika in the local community.” The benefit will begin Nov. 29 and will be in place through December.

"We will do all that we can to protect Texans and slow the spread of the Zika virus," said HHSC Executive Commissioner Charles Smith. "Insect repellent is the best way to protect yourself, and we want it to be widely available."

Texas Medicaid has a standing order for mosquito repellent prescriptions for women ages 10-45 or who are pregnant. Eligible women can go to participating pharmacies to pick up repellent. HHSC said the benefit includes two cans per month per eligible beneficiary, and recommends women call their pharmacy ahead of time due to varying supply at each location.

Women eligible for the Medicaid, CHIP and CHIP-Perinate programs are also covered, HHSC said. Those covered under the Healthy Texas Women and Children with Special Health Care Needs programs also can receive the benefit.

GO HERE for more information from Texas Health and Human Services.

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