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Health insurance companies in California agree to waive payments for flu vaccines

Posted On Thu, October 8, 2009

A number of large health insurance companies have agreed to waive copayments when it comes to vaccinations for the H1N1 flu virus in California.

California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that six large health insurance companies will waive co-pays and deductibles so that more people in the state will be able to get vaccinated without having to put up their own money. The six health insurance companies that have agreed to do so include: Aetna; Anthem/Blue Cross; Blue Shield; CIGNA; HealthNet; and United HealthCare/Pacificare.

"Action taken by these insurers will help us prevent the spread of what is a potential flu epidemic," Poizner said. "Now that the insurers are easing the way, I urge their members to take advantage and get immunized."

Poizner said that people with health insurance in the state should make sure they keep an eye out for directions from their policy providers so they know what to do.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that seasonal flu vaccines will not help protect people against the H1N1 virus. It also recommends that certain people get the H1N1 vaccine, including pregnant women and healthcare workers.

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