What Are Some Ways to Get Low-Income Vaccinations?


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Some ways to get low income vaccinations include visiting a nearby health center, using Medicare or Medicaid, and using military health insurance coverage, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with private or group insurance should also have coverage for vaccinations, often without paying co-pays.

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When someone doesn't have health insurance, visiting a health care center that is federally funded is a good option, notes the CDC. Some state health departments provide a list of local community centers and clinics that provide low-income vaccines. Other places vaccines are commonly offered include local pharmacies, doctor's offices, workplaces, religious centers and schools.

Medicare Part B is a health insurance policy for low-income and disabled individuals and senior citizens, explains the CDC. As of 2015, this insurance policy provides some vaccines for free, including influenza, hepatitis B and pneumococcal vaccines. It also helps to pay for tetanus and rabies if it is related to a treatment.

There is a rule that private insurance and health insurance marketplace plans have to cover certain vaccinations without charging any co-payment fee, according to the CDC. Some of these vaccinations include influenza, human papillomavirus, hepatitis A and B, pneumococcal, varicella, and tetanus. With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, children are able to remain on their parent's health insurance plan until age 26, and they can receive vaccinations through that insurance plan.

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