June 16, 2016
Williston, N.D. - The Upper Missouri District Health Unit is alerting parents whose children are covered by health insurance to expect changes in the immunization program, according to Juliet Artman, Prevention Team Program Manager for the health unit.
In the past, the state government provided vaccines for all North Dakota children 18 years old and younger. However due to the state budget cuts, beginning July 1st. 2016 North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) will no longer provide vaccine to insured children, the health units will be required to purchase vaccine on the private market and bill for the vaccine and administration fee.
UMDHU clients who have insurance that we do not participate with will have the options to either pay for the vaccines and administration fees up front and send the receipt to their insurance company to possibly receive a reimbursement or switch to an in-network provider. Artman says, “We are now a participating provider with BCBS of ND, Sanford, and Medicaid. We will need you to present your card at the time of service.”
Parents are encouraged to check their insurance policies to see which childhood vaccines are covered, as well as to see if they are responsible for any deductibles, coinsurance and/or copayments. Children who are Medicaid-eligible, American Indian, uninsured, or underinsured (has health insurance, but it does not cover immunizations) will continue to receive free vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program, a federal entitlement program.