Consumer Alert - School Immunizations
Commissioner Altman is reminding consumers that school vaccines are covered by most
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.
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
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 Consymer Services Bureau online or
by calling 1-877-881-6388. Additional information is also available at Healthcare.gov.