By Chris Newbrough
A partnership between the Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) and a leading vaccine facilitator means it’s easier than ever for Audrain County residents to receive vaccinations. In June, the ACHD contracted with VaxCare, an immunization provider out of Orlando, Florida.
“Our partnership with VaxCare will expand the marketplace for those residents with private insurance,” ACHD Administrator Sandra Hewlett said. “Previously, we only had billing arrangements with seven private insurance companies. With VaxCare, we now offer 24 private insurance billing options.”
The partnership between the two entities means Audrain County residents will have more insurance companies to choose from with the company.
“VaxCare will bring to the table an expanded list of health insurance companies we can bill to,” said ACHD Licensed Practical Nurse Brandi Myer, who is heading up the vaccine program for ACHD. “This means, with our expanded list, that residents who have private insurance who may have had to go out of town for immunizations before can now stay in county for their immunization needs.”
“It will only take about 30 seconds for our billing department to get you qualified for the program,” Hewlett said. “This streamlines the process for the resident, and for the health department. VaxCare will take care of most of the paperwork and dealing with the insurance companies for the resident and for us at ACHD.”
Greg Burden, a VaxCare representative, says they are really excited to help Audrain County residents and ACHD with their immunization needs.
“VaxCare is very pleased to partner with Audrain County Health Department for their vaccine program,” he said. “We are confident that our partnership will improve access and increase public health for the residents of Audrain County.”
The ACHD immunization program offers a variety of vaccinations to families, local businesses and private educational institutions in Audrain County. To see if your insurance provider is one of the 24 now offered through VaxCare, and, to learn more about the ACHD immunization program, contact Meyer at the health department at 573-581-1332.