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Jefferson County
Beaumont Public Health Department
News Release
Friday, February 17, 2012

Health Department Policy Change a Result of State Mandate

Beaumont, Texas –As a result of a mandate by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Beaumont Public Health Department will no longer be able to provide vaccines to privately insured children. The department provides vaccines under the Texas Vaccines For Children (TVFC) immunization program.

The Beaumont Public Health Department will continue to provide immunizations to children who meet at least one of the following criteria:

·        CHIP:  A child who is enrolled in the CHIP program
·        Medicaid:  A child who is enrolled in the Medicaid program
·        Uninsured:  A child who has no health insurance coverage
·        American Indian or Alaskan Native
·        Underinsured (*New Definition*): A child whose health insurance does not include vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured.

Insured children with vaccine coverage who have high co-pays or deductibles are no longer considered underinsured. These children are now considered fully, privately insured and are no longer eligible for TVFC vaccines. Insured children will be required to receive vaccinations from their primary care providers. If parents are not sure if vaccines are covered by their insurance, they should check with their insurance carrier.

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