Changes in state funding impact FCHD vaccine prices

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The Fayette County Health Department (FCHD) would like to inform the public about changes taking place with the price of vaccines.

More Ohioans are eligible for Medicaid under the extension of benefits in Ohio, or for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, more individuals have coverage for the services they need, including vaccinations.

This is an opportunity to reduce state spending and save taxpayer dollars on vaccinations that should be covered by a Medicaid managed care plan or a private health insurer. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, state purchased vaccine will no longer be available to local health departments, which will have to purchase their own vaccine supply for insured individuals. It is recommended that those people who have private insurance check with their insurer for coverage of their needed vaccine. Of course you can still pay cash for a vaccine but the price will be increased.

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) vaccine is separate from state-purchased vaccine. The VFC program is not affected and ODH will continue to provide vaccines for VFC eligible children. Please call the FCHD at 740-335-5910 if you have any questions.

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