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Nov 19, 2009 11:55 AM by sleonard

Blue Cross to Cover H1N1and Seasonal Flu Vaccines

Blue Cross to Cover H1N1 (Swine) Flu and Seasonal Flu Vaccines For Individual Members and Fully Insured Group Members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) will cover the administration of H1N1 (swine) flu and seasonal flu vaccinations for its members.

All individual members and fully insured group members will receive full coverage for flu shots administered by a network physician or at a network retail pharmacy. Members will pay no copayment, coinsurance or deductible for this benefit.

Both the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine) flu vaccinations are now available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that certain high-risk groups of people receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine first, including:
Pregnant women
People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years
People ages 25 through 64 years who have chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems

BCBSLA's announcement of this benefit coincides with the company's efforts to keep healthcare affordable while providing customers with access to quality preventive medical care. Blue Cross continues to encourage its customers and all Louisianians to take precautionary measures this flu season. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbsla.com and click H1N1 Flu Information.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. BCBSLA is a not-for-profit, fully taxed mutual insurer, owned by policyholders and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
The company provides group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to more than 1.1 million members. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs more than 1,700 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care. Learn more on the company's website at www.bcbsla.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bluecrossla. Follow Blue Cross CEO Mike Reitz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MikeReitzCEO.

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