changes in Medicaid or uninsured clients
Insured children may no longer be eligible for vaccines at
Wanda English Burnett
The Ripley County Health Department will be changing the way they
give vaccines due to a state change in funding.
According to information from the local health department, their
goal is to continue to provide vaccines. However, they will not
be able to give vaccines to those with medical insurance that
David Welsh, M.D. Ripley County Health Officer noted, The
intention is NOT to leave children without the protection that
vaccines provide, but to distribute vaccine costs to insurance
policies that include coverage for vaccines. He continued,
This sharing of costs will allow limited public dollars
to stretch further in providing vaccine coverage to the children
throughout Ripley County.
Parents in Ripley County, especially those who need vaccinations
for the upcoming school year, need to check their insurance now
to find out if they have vaccination coverage. If they do, they
will not be eligible at the local health department.
To determine the childs eligibility some questions posed
by the health department are:
What vaccines if any does the policy cover?
Is there a yearly dollar limit (cap) for vaccine coverage?
Is there a co-pay?
Is there a deductible?
Is the policy percentage based?
If the childs insurance does not include any vaccine coverage
or specific vaccines are not covered, or they have a yearly dollar
cap in vaccine coverage and that cap has been met and exceeded,
the child may continue to receive vaccines at the health department.
The child will be considered fully insured and no
longer eligible to receive vaccines at the health department if
the policy has vaccine coverage that requires a deductible, co-pay
or there is percentage based coverage.
There will be no changes in eligibility for children who have
any form of Medicaid or who have no health insurance. These children
will continue to receive vaccines at the health department as
they have in the past.
The change will go into effect July 1 of this year.
Officials at the Ripley County Health Department know the value
of vaccinations stating that they protect our children from
17 different diseases that once caused severe illness, life-long
deformities, and even death.
They encourage parents to check into their health care coverage
now to prevent children from going without the needed vaccinations.
There will also be changes in eligibility for adult clients, those
19 and older. The local health department is in the process of
determining how they can best fill this gap. They say they will
provide that information to their adult clients and to the public
as soon as possible.
The local health department asks those needing assistance to bear
with them during this transition. If you have questions
you can call the health department at 812-689-0506. As always,
our goal is to protect our children and community, Dr. Welsh