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VFC vaccines will no longer be available to fully-insured individuals

Physicians' clinics throughout the state and West Central District Health Department will be required by the new federal policy to bill individual insurance companies for vaccinations for those with insurance coverage.

The CDC defines fully-insured as: "Anyone with insurance that covers the cost of vaccine, even if the insurance includes a high deductible or co-pay, or if a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan's deductible had not been met."

The comply with the new federal mandate, West Central District Health Department has already implemented their billing system beginning January 1, 2012 to bill insurance companies for immunizations provided at the clinic.