State changes eliminate some free vaccines

Last updated: June 30. 2014 4:50PM - 940 Views
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OTTAWA — The Putnam County Health Department will bill private insurance for childhood immunization vaccines rather than providing the vaccines for free.

The health department is purchasing vaccines from a private manufacturer. In the past, the vaccines were provided from the state at no charge.

Dr. Mary Ann Meyers, health commissioner, said it is important for both children and adults to be vaccinated so they can be healthy and safe. She said providing vaccines at a low cost continues to be a priority.

The health department will continue to be a Vaccines for Children provider, a federally funded program to pay for vaccines for children on Medicaid, who are uninsured, who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines, or who are American Indian or Alaskan Native.

The department can bill for immunizations with Aetna, Anthem, Front Path, Medical Mutual, NGS Core Source, Ohio Health Choice/Ohio PPO Connect and United Health Care. The client needs to bring a copy of his or her insurance card when getting a vaccine.

If a client does not have any of the above insurance providers, the department will require the client to pay for the immunization at the appointment and will give the client a receipt to submit to insurance.

The health department offers vaccines every Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment, with extended hours on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month until 6 p.m. The department also offers appointments on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 9 to 11:45 a.m. To make an appointment on another day, a client has to make an individual appointment with a nurse at the department.

To make an appointment or for information, call 419-523-5608 or go to http://putnamhealth.com. The health department is located at 256 Williamstown Road.

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