Idaho Public Health Plan for Children, Vaccines - Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)

Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)

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What is Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)?

The Vaccines For Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.

Who is it for?

Children, Vaccines

Who is Eligible?

Must be under age 18. Must be an Idaho resident. Must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Uninsured
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: As defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)
  • Underinsured (Current coverage doesn't cover vaccines, doesn't cover certain vaccines, or covers vaccines, but has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines. Once that fixed dollar amount is reached, a child is then eligible.)

What is Covered?

Diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b(Hib), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Influenza (flu), Measles, Meningococcal disease, Mumps, Pertussis (whooping cough), Pneumococcal disease, Polio, Rotavirus, Rubella (German measles), Tetanus (lockjaw), and Varicella (chickenpox).

How much is it?

$0, but vaccine provider may charge an administrative fee

How to Apply?

Ask your current provider if they participate in the VFC program or contact your local health district to locate a provider near you.

Do I have to pay anything?

If your child meets the VFC eligibility criteria, the vaccine must always be provided free of charge.
Free of charge means just that. The vaccines have already been paid for with federal tax dollars. This means that no one can charge a fee for the vaccine itself.
However, each state immunization provider has been granted (by law) the ability to charge what is called an "administrative fee." An administrative fee is similar to a patient's co-pay, in that it helps providers offset their costs of doing business.
The amount of the administrative fee differs from state to state, based on a regional scale determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
These regional administrative charges are maximum fees that providers may ask patients to pay. That means that if a state's administrative fee is $15.00, a provider may charge a patient any amount up to, but not exceeding that $15.00 charge, for each vaccine administered. There is no lower limit, so providers have the option to charge what they feel is fair, including no charge at all.

What Are The Eligibility Requirements?

Children through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive VFC vaccine:

  • Medicaid eligible: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program. (For the purposes of the VFC program, the terms "Medicaid-eligible" and "Medicaid-enrolled" are equivalent and refer to children who have health insurance covered by a state Medicaid program)
  • Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: As defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)
  • Underinsured

Who Is NOT Eligible?

Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan's deductible had not been met.

Where can I get vaccines?

VFC vaccines can be administered by any enrolled VFC Program provider (private doctor, private clinic, hospitals, Public Health Clinic, Community Health Clinic, Schools, etc.).
Most pediatricians (doctors specializing in the treatment of children) in the United States and its Territories are now VFC enrolled providers. Additionally, many family practice providers are enrolled, as well as general practitioners, and many other sub-specialty healthcare providers. In some States, schools are enrolled. Altogether, there are over 44,000 providers enrolled in the VFC Program nationwide.
Your State or Territory Health Department is responsible for managing the VFC Program where you reside. Each State or Territory has a VFC Program Coordinator that is responsible for enrolling providers and monitoring the provider's participation in the program. For help with locating a VFC enrolled provider near your home, please consult the complete list of State/Territory VFC Coordinators and contact your State/Territory VFC Coordinator.

What vaccines are provided? What diseases are prevented?

There are many single and combination vaccines that are licensed in the US and that protect children against 14 preventable diseases. The vaccines available through the VFC are determined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). CDC, as the administrator of VFC, purchases and distributes the vaccines. VFC covers any vaccines included in the immunization schedules:


Diseases that are preventable by recommended childhood vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) include the following. Each disease is briefly described on the 2nd page of the above linked documents.
  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Tetanus (lockjaw)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

My child's doctor isn't a VFC provider. Where can I take my child for vaccines?

If your child's doctor isn't a VFC provider, you can take your child to one of the following places to get VFC vaccines:

  • Public Health Clinic
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
  • Rural Health Clinic (RHC)

The best place to take your child depends on where you live and how your child is eligible for the VFC Program. Before you go, contact your state's VFC coordinator and ask where you should take your child for vaccines. You can find your state's VFC coordinator on this website. Or call 1-800-CDC-info (232-4636). Ask for the phone number for your state's VFC coordinator.

VFC Coordinators

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/contacts-state.doc

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    BOISE, ID 83709
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