Board mulls vaccine changes

The Auglaize County Board of Health discussed the restructuring of their immunization department during a regular board meeting Tuesday morning.

Director of Nursing Cindy Jones made board members aware that as of Jan. 1 the health department will begin billing insurers for the vaccine for children program. 

In the past the vaccines for children program came from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control through the Ohio Department of Health to the health departments; now the only vaccines that will be received from the ODH will be for those on Medicaid or completely uninsured.

As part of Obamacare and affordability all insurers will be required to cover vaccines, and according to Jones the health department will have to begin billing for those who are privately insured.

Jones explained clients with Medicaid or no insurance at all will still be able to receive vaccines.

“The vaccine for children program will only be available as of Jan. 1 for those people who have Medicaid or are totally uninsured,” Jones said. “Persons who have private insurance will need to be administered privately purchased vaccines, so the ODH vaccine will not be available for them any longer.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 13 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.