Texas to Issue Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent to Fight Zika

August 15, 2016
Texas Medicaid has issued a Texas Medicaid Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent. This is a standing order that may be used for individuals enrolled in Medicaid or the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This Standing Order serves as a prescription and allows pharmacists to dispense mosquito repellent under the terms of the Standing Order. Pharmacies are encouraged to use this Standing Order instead of contacting individuals' healthcare providers for individual prescriptions for mosquito repellent.  The Texas Medicaid Standing Order for Mosquito Repellent may not be used for individuals in the Healthy Texas Women program.  More about standing orders for Zika virus prevention.

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What We Do

The Texas Vendor Drug Program:

  • Enrolls pharmacy providers that want to provide Medicaid and CHIP services;
  • Manages the Texas Medicaid and CHIP formularies;
  • Processes out-patient pharmacy prescription claims for Medicaid fee-for-service, the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program, Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Program, and Kidney Health Care (KHC) Program.

Continuing Education

Watch these multi-part guides to learn about dispensing Texas Medicaid prescriptions, DME, and pharmacy prior authorization:

training videos for pharmacists

Training videos for pharmacy staff 

Chapters include Obtaining a Prior Authorization, Dispensing a 72-hour emergency supply, Confirming eligibility, and Durable medical equipment.

training videos for physicians

Training videos for physicians

Chapters include Preferred Drug List, E-Prescribing (E-Rx), and 72-hour Emergency Prescription Claims.

News Highlights

Consolidation of Fee-For-Service Pharmacy Payment Files

July 11, 2016:
Beginning September 1, 2016, pharmacy providers will receive a consolidated payment and remittance advice for Medicaid, the Kidney Health Care Program, or Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program.  More about the consolidated VDP payment notice

STAR Kids Program Begins November 1

May 2, 2016:

STAR Kids will be the first Medicaid managed care program specifically serving youth and children who get disability-related Medicaid. Beginning November 1, 2016, children and youth age 20 or younger will receive all of their services, including prescription benefits, through a STAR Kids health plan. 10 managed care organizations will participate in the STAR Kids program.  VDP's pharmacy resources for managed care will be updated closer to implementation.  More about STAR Kids.