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Reminder: Mosquito Repellent Pharmacy Benefits Available

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is reminding pharmacies and other providers that mosquito repellent pharmacy benefits are available. Mosquito repellent is effective in the prevention and control of the spread of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in Texas.

According to a news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), locally acquired malaria cases have been identified in Texas.

HHSC covers mosquito repellent year-round for the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases for clients enrolled in Texas Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program, and the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Program. Coverage of mosquito repellent is limited to two cans or bottles per calendar month, and all programs require a prescription from the client’s health care provider.

For a list of available products, refer to the Vendor Drug Program (VDP) Formulary Products, and select the Mosquito repellent checkbox for a list of available products.

For more information about this benefit, refer to the following HHSC resources:

Refer to the following websites for more information about mosquito-borne diseases:

Email vdp-formulary@hhsc.state.tx.us with comments or questions.