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Most health insurance plans cover the cost of vaccines, but you may want to check with your insurance provider before going to the doctor.
The Affordable Care Act – the health insurance reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March 2010 – requires new health plans to cover preventive services and eliminates cost sharing (such as co-pays and deductibles for certain services). You may be eligible for preventive services including coverage for vaccines.
Vaccines for Uninsured Adults
If you do not currently have health insurance, visit www.HealthCare.gov for more information about finding health insurance or the Affordable Care Act
If you don't have insurance, or if it does not cover vaccines, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program may be able to help. This program provides vaccines at no cost to doctors who serve eligible children. Children younger than 19 years of age are eligible for VFC vaccines if they are Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native or have no health insurance. "Underinsured" children who have health insurance that does not cover vaccination can receive VFC vaccines through Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers.
Parents of uninsured or underinsured children who receive vaccines at no cost through the VFC Program should check with their doctor about possible administration fees that might apply. These fees help providers cover the costs that result from important services like storing the vaccines and paying staff members to give vaccines to patients. However, VFC vaccines cannot be denied to an eligible child if a family can’t afford the fee. Depending on where you live, you may also qualify for Medicaid assistance.
If you are 65 years or older and a Medicare beneficiary, Medicare will pay for part or all of your influenza (flu) , pneumococcal (pneumonia) and hepatitis B vaccines.