Screening for a child`s admission to vaccine inclusion through the VFC program and documentation of screening results should be conducted at each immunization visit. The Patient Rights Screening Data Set provides an opportunity to record parental responses to VFC authorization questions. The parent, legal guardian or provider can fill out this form. It is not necessary to check the responses of parents/guardians. In order to maximize effectiveness, providers can integrate these screening issues into an existing form; However, any revision must contain the basic screening information, which is listed in the form developed by the CDC, and be approved by the national immunization program. Patient rights screening data must be retained for the patient at least 3 years after the end of the service, unless national legislation or the national directive sets a longer archiving period. UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. (UniCare) Suppliers who administer vaccines to children [aged 0-18] must register for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. UniCare reimburses the administrative costs for all vaccines available through the VFC program. If you would like to register or for more information about the VFC program, call West Virginia`s Immunodeficiency Division at 1-800-642-3634.
According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, the VFC program helps provide vaccines to all children in West Virginia whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford vaccines. This gives all children a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on time. The official list of vaccines covered by VFC is available on the CDC`s VFC page. The Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known as Title XXI, allows states to expand health insurance coverage for uninsured children. Title XXI Children who participate in a separate child health insurance program are not eligible for VFC status, as these children are considered insured. Title XXI Children participating in a Medicaid CHIP extension program are eligible for Medicaid and are eligible for VFC benefits. Some states have implemented their CHIP programs as a combination plan, with some children eligible for a medicaid expansion plan and some children enrolled in a separate chip.