Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Funds Influenza Vaccine for State’s High-Risk Uninsured

first_imgBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Funds Influenza Vaccine for State’s High-Risk UninsuredBerlin, VT – Thousands of uninsured Vermonters who are at high risk for complications from influenza will receive the flu vaccine free of charge this fall thanks to a $32,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.Continuing a 27-year tradition, the states largest health insurance company has once again in 2008 provided funding for purchase of vaccine that will be distributed to approximately 3,000 high-risk Vermonters between the ages of 18 and 65 by the state’s eleven nonprofit home health agencies at flu shot clinics this fall.”Influenza can be a dangerous and even life-threatening illness for people who are most vulnerable,” said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO William Milnes Jr. “We are pleased to be able to help protect those who are at highest risk.”The vaccine funding is one of many health-related community service activities and direct health-care services Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont supports annually.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more