(The information in this message is duplicated from an original Agency for Health Care Administration email communication received on 8/10/16.)
A Division of the Agency for Health Care Administration
Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert
August 9, 2016
Provider Type(s): All
Preventing Zika Virus: Insect Repellent Available Through Medicaid Health Plans
The purpose of this alert is to provide guidance for health care providers caring for Medicaid recipients, particularly pregnant women, relating to the Zika virus. As a Medicaid provider, you play a vital role in keeping Florida healthy.
As you may have read or seen in the news, Governor Scott recently announced that the Florida Department of Health has concluded that twenty-one cases of the Zika virus are likely mosquito-borne. At this time, DOH believes that active transmission of the Zika virus is occurring in one small area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown. However, every Floridian can do their part today to take precautions at their homes and in their communities.
Most Medicaid health plans are offering to pay for mosquito repellent to their enrolled Medicaid recipients through their over the counter benefit. This is at no cost to the recipient.
Your patients can contact their health plan to find out what repellents may be available and where and how to obtain them. Please encourage them to do so.
A list of plans and their contact information for Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties through the following link: http://ahca.myflorida.com/medicaid/pdffiles/Florida_Health_Plan_Contact.pdf
Here are some recommendations for preventing mosquito bites and Zika:
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellents, containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. These products are safe for pregnant women to use.
- Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home, including emptying any standing water from containers both inside and outside the home.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partner. Family planning services and supplies are available through Medicaid health plans.
Information about the virus, updates, and tips for prevention can be found on the Florida Department of Health’s website. The Department of Health also provides guidance for travelers who may have trips planned to areas of local risk. Guidance can be accessed at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-virus/index.html?utm_source=flhealthIndex.
Your Medicaid patients may also contact our choice counselor at 1-877-711-3662 or our Medicaid Helpline at 1-877-254-1055 for information about plan coverage of insect repellents.
The Agency for Health Care Administration is committed to its mission of providing “Better Health Care for All Floridians.” The Agency administers Florida’s Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 45,000 health care facilities and 34 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics at www.FloridaHealthFinder.gov. Additional information about Agency initiatives is available via Facebook (AHCAFlorida), Twitter (@AHCA_FL) and YouTube (/AHCAFlorida).