Medicaid Funds Can Be Used to Fight Zika

States will be allowed to use Medicaid funding to fight the spread of the Zika virus with mosquito repellent, contraception, family planning services and other preventive measures, according to a letter the CMS sent Wednesday to state officials. (Modern Healthcare)

The five-page letter, distributed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday, offers long-awaited guidance for states looking to bolster their response to the mosquito-borne virus without extra funding from Congress.  (The Hill)

The letter sent by Vikki Wachino, director of HHS’  Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, also reminded Medicaid managed care plans that they can go beyond the required services that must by covered by Medicaid to do more to stop the spread of Zika. (USA Today)

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