Medicaid covers over the counter drugs that are medically necessary. Only generic versions of certain over the counter drugs are covered.
Medicaid does not pay for:
Over the counter (OTC) items to maintain comfort or treat discomfort;
Any items, both prescription and OTC, to treat coughs and colds; or Over the counter vitamins (Medicaid will cover prescription prenatal vitamins)
Why isn't there a specific list of non-covered or excluded medications?
There are over 98,000 over the counter drug packages. The number of drugs is too large to list individually, thus Medicaid has provided a listing by therapeutic class of covered OTC drugs.
Who can I contact for more information?
Recipients who have questions about this information may call Medicaid Client Services at (800) 852-3345, ext. 4344
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