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Consumer Alert - School Immunizations​

Commissioner Miller is reminding consumers that school vaccines are covered by most insurance plans.

Back to school time is here, and this means that parents have many costs to consider with textbooks, school supplies, clothing, and other expenses. Now that most insurance plans cover school immunizations with no cost to the consumer, vaccines aren’t one of them.

Parents should take children to their primary care physician or pediatrician, or otherwise make sure that the doctor or provider who administers the vaccination is within their health insurance network, or they may be responsible for the cost.

Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans – including Medicaid plans; those bought through the federal Marketplace on Healthcare.gov; and employer-sponsored plans, including large and small group, as well as self-insured plans – are required to cover school vaccinations as a free preventive service. This means that consumers will not be charged a copayment or coinsurance, regardless of whether or not their yearly deductible has been met.

If you have any questions regarding preventive services, you can contact the Insurance Department’s Consumer Services Bureau online or by calling 1-877-881-6388. Additional information is also available at Healthcare.gov.