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09-20-10 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD FLU AND PNEUMONIA SHOTS

BCBSAZ has entered into a special arrangement with selected vendors to provide no out-of-pocket cost flu and pneumonia shots to most BCBSAZ members* offered at many community locations throughout the state by the following vendors:

  • Diversified Solutions, Inc.
  • Healthwaves
  • Mollen Immunization Clinics, LLC

* Excluding BCBS Service Benefit Plan members (FEP), Corporate Health Services (CHS) members, Medicare supplement customers and out-of-state Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plan members.

For community locations and times, look for ads in your local newspaper or flyers at nearby grocery stores, or you can call the Community Information and Referral (CIR) Flu Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (602) 263-8856 or (800) 352-3792 within area codes 520 & 928 (available in both English and Spanish), or visit the Web site at www.cir.org. In order to receive the shots at no out-of-pocket cost, eligible members must present their BCBSAZ ID card at the time of service.


09-01-10  UNITED HEALTHCARE FLU SHOT COVERAGE

A recent agreement between UnitedHealthcare and Walgreens has allowed UHC to offer some exciting new options for flu shot coverage. This agreement with Walgreens allows most UnitedHealthcare members to receive the flu vaccination with $0 out of pocket cost when utilizing Walgreens services.  Walgreens invested significant time and money to build the capability to bill the insurance carrier medical benefit, not the Rx benefit, from their retail stores and Take Care clinics.  The numerous Walgreens locations and hours of operation provide our members a convenience when getting their flu shots that has previously not been available.

Another exciting part of this agreement concerns on site flu shot clinics offered for employer groups wishing to offer this service.  As part of our partnership with Walgreens they are offering on site flu shot clinics to our small group employers.  Walgreens provides multiple billing arrangements and extremely flexible clinic scheduling options.  Again, most UnitedHealthcare members would receive the flu vaccination with $0 out of pocket cost when utilizing the Walgreens flu shot clinic option.

In general, at this point Walgreens would be the only option for flu shots with $0 member out of pocket cost for our Small Business clients.

More information on the agreement with Walgreens can be found at http://news.walgreens.com.


Preventative Care Coverage brochure from Aetna