State Says Insured NC Kids Must Pay For Vaccines

North Carolina will no longer cover the cost of 11 childhood vaccines for families with insurance as part of an effort to help pay for vaccines for uninsured children.

WRAL-TV reported Friday that the change will go into effect on December 1 and will apply to vaccines including combination shots, Hepatitis A and the second dose of the chicken pox shot. The vaccines can cost more than $100 each.

Officials say the change will save about $4 million for the state's $18-million immunization program.

The state health director says families with financial resources are being asked to contribute more during the recession.

Native American children and those eligible for Medicaid will continue to receive free vaccines.


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  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Feb 11, 2010 at 07:08 PM
    This is just a preview of what's coming with ObamaCare. In other words, if you work for a living, you will pay for your kids and your taxes will increase to pay for welfare kids and children of illegal aliens. Again, those who refuse to work, pay their own way and contribute to society are rewarded. Those who get up and go to work everyday to provide for their own are left to pick up the tab. This seems to be the American way this day and time.
  • by stilll frustrated Location: eastern nc on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    I did go to another news site to read an entire article. Yes, the state did pay for the vaccines. Yes, for those with insurance, your insurance may or may not pick up the tab. If they do, guess how they will cover their cost!! More than likely, it will be by raising our premiums. So, for those that keep saying we will not have to pay for the vaccines, guess again!!
  • by fritosformypeople on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    OK, everybody chill a minute. We need to realize the difference between the state and our insurance. NC used to offer free vaccines to all children at the local health departments. Now for people with insurance, our insurance will now pick up the tab, rather than the state. We will NOT be paying $100 per vaccine - we'll pay our $20 copay and get the vaccines our kids need. This article is written SO badly - as if intentionally to inflame people. No mention of the fact that it's crucial for ALL of us that all children get vaccinated. And it doesn't make it clear at all that peoples' insurance will still pay for vaccines - just not the state. Either this reporter didn't understand the issue, or they were intentionally trying to rile people up. Pretty bad, either way.
  • by Insured on Nov 14, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    To anonymous: Just because people have insurance doesn't mean they can afford it. I cover both my boys and its 232 a month. Can I afford it? No not really, but I make too much to qualify for anything else...no matter what my bills are. We shouldn't be punished for having insurance on our children so the people who can't close their legs' children can get free vaccines. Truth hurts!
  • by Absoulutley Frustrated! Location: eastern NC on Nov 14, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    WHAT? Where I work, to have my family covered under my plan, it cost almost $700.00 per month to cover three children. Because of my gross salary, which looks OK until they take out retirement, taxes, SS and Medicare taxes, my children do not qualify for Medicaid or Health Choice. Once you take out the mandatory deductions and the insurance, I make a little more than minimum wage. But I choose to cover my family. And now, it will not pay for their immunizations? What a bunch of...oh well, can't use the word I want to. So, don't think of us that have our families covered as "wealthy." We cut back on other things to have coverage for our children. And now I'm going to have to pay for the immunizations of the children whose parents don't do the same?! Absolutely frustrating! Because more than likely, there are some in this "uninsured" bunch that could "afford" the insurance if they would change some of their lifestyle.
  • by katie Location: goldsboro on Nov 14, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Because I had health insurance, it cost me thousands of dollars in co pays and deductables. If I had quit my job and gone on SS, then medicade would have picked up the whole tab. What is wrong with this situation? Because I did the responsible thing and kept working, I was punished. This is the same issue. If you keep insurance on your family, you are punished for doing the right thing. If it is free for some, it should be free for all.
  • by B Location: NC on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    If it's free for some people it should be free for everybody!! Everybody should be treated the same!!
  • by Nikki on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    The health department gives vaccines cheaper than regular doctor office's. Unless they are gonna up their costs too, you all could go there, which still doesn't make this right! I personally think ALL children should get FREE vaccines, no matter how much money parents make. Now adults can do for themselves but kids can't and sometimes the parents can't, but WHY punish parents that make descent money by taking more of their money? I am being punished because I got a degree which I thought was a good thing, but all the degree got me was having to spend more, the more you make the more they take. No wonder people choose low paying jobs and live with welfare, you end up living the same as far as monetarily. MAKES NOOOO SENSE!!! This is wrong and completely ridiculous!!!
  • by McArthur Park on Nov 13, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    To TED and other s who think like him: The stupid STATE does not pick up the tab for ANYBODY for ANYTHING---they EXTORT money from working taxpayers and pay for it out of our hides. The self induced poverty that is rampant in America is solely the FAULT of a liberal legislature that has yet to see a "do nothing goody two shoes" program that they did not love to force the hard working people of this country to finance. THROW THE BUMS OUT!! Bring back accountability and responsibility in American society.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 at 06:05 PM
    Hey BoutTime....BoutTime you take care of you're darned SELF!! We have a hard enough time taking care of us and You too! By the Way...Going to the moon actually accomplishes something! Can we say the same for taking care of no-nothings??? HECK NO!
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