Hepatitis C Treatment Coverage Changes
Texas Children’s Health Plan (TCHP) would like to inform you that on September 1, 2022, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will add a change to the Texas Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL). Texas Medicaid PDL will designate one medication as the primary preferred direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drug option for treating Hepatitis C infection. HHSC will designate all other DAA drugs on the Medicaid formulary as non-preferred.
All Medicaid clients are eligible for DDA treatment with the primary preferred agent regardless of the client’s METAVIR fibrosis score, and prior authorization is not required. Additionally, the following clinical prior authorization forms for Hepatitis C treatment agents will be retired and no longer necessary:
- Antiviral Agents for Hepatitis C Virus – Initial Request (HHS Form 1335)
- Antiviral Agents for Hepatitis C Virus – Initial Request – Addendum (HHS Form 1342)
To learn more about Hepatitis C treatment coverage changes, please click here for more information.
Lyons Magnus Recalls Kate Farms Pediatric Standard 1.2 Vanilla Formula
Lyons Magnus has started a recall of this product due to potential microbial contamination of the organism Cronobacter sakazakii. The common symptoms of illness could include fever, vomiting and urinary tract infection.
The affected lots, listed below, were not in market until June 27, 2022. Please check any inventory and destroy the affected formula immediately. No other Kate Farms products are included in this recall.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s healthcare provider. If you need assistance connecting with your child’s provider or if you need help finding a provider, please call Member Services at:
STAR Kids: 1-800-659-5764
For more information, please visit, texaschildrenshealthplan.org or the Texas WIC website at https://texaswic.org/about-wic/special-wic-food-updates
Important recall on baby and toddler powdered formula products:
Due to the formula recall, you may not be able to find the formula that your baby usually takes. Below are a few resources that can help you find the formula that you need or a substitute product.
- Similac product finder
- Enfamil product finder
- Nutricia product finder
- Instacart: EBT SNAP benefits accepted at participating stores; free delivery for first 3 orders using SNAP for orders over $35. Available at multiple retailers (HEB, Sam’s, Aldi, Costco, CVS, etc) with available formula.
- Amazon.com (SNAP benefits)
- Alternative Options when WIC product is unavailable (link to PDF with the list of products)
- Helping Families find formula during the infant formula shortage
Infant Formula Safety Tips
Follow these infant formula tips to ensure the safety and health of your baby:
Don't make homemade infant formula. See the FDA's page for more information.
Do not buy formula online that comes from outside the United States. This formula could be counterfeit, for example it might have a fake label with a wrong use-by-date.
Properly prepare and store infant formula. For information on proper preparation and storage, visit the CDC's page.
Properly clean, sanitize, and store infant feeding items. Visit the CDC's page for more information.
Always wash your hands. For information on how and when to wash your hands, visit the CDC's page.
Important recall on baby and toddler powdered formula:
Baby Formula Recall
Which formulas are included in the recall?
- The first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and
- The code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2; and
- The expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
Check to see if your product is recalled:
What do I do if my formula is part of the recall?
What if my formula is not available?
Is there a list of other brands I can use?
Who can I reach out to for help?
- CHIP: 1-866-959-6555
- STAR: 1-866-959-2555
- STAR Kids: 1-800-659-5764
Facts about the Cronobacter bacteria:
- Poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements.
- Diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases, may become fatal.
- Find more about the recall at the Food and Drug Administration
- See how WIC is helping families get replacement formula
- Abbott’s Recall notice and general FAQ’s
- What should I know about the infant formula recall: