2021 Vaccine Coverage Changes

2021 Vaccine Coverage Changes

Due to funding cuts at the state level, some programs in Wyoming have been changed. WyVIP, which stands for Wyoming Vaccinates Important People, will now only be available at Public Health offices, Rural Health clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

What does this mean for you?

Currently, both WyVIP and VFC (Vaccines For Children, a federally funded program) cover vaccines for both privately insured, Medicaid, CHIP, Native American, and uninsured children. With this change, clinics and health centers could elect to remain in the VFC program, but only the above mentioned clinics can now enroll in both VFC and WyVIP.

So, this means that depending on which clinic you go to, some may have differing programs. So what is the difference for you?

If you have private/commercial insurance, you would need to double check with your insurance company to see what vaccines will be covered if your clinic is not enrolled in the WyVIP program. WyVIP covers those children who are not VFC eligible, and if your clinic is not enrolled in WyVIP, it would be prudent to check with your insurance company so you do not get a surprise bill.

If you have Medicaid, CHIP, are uninsured, or Native American, you qualify for WyVIP. You would need to go to a clinic or health center that offers this program to have your children’s vaccines covered.

Currently, our clinic is enrolled in both programs but as of January 1, 2021, we will only be enrolled in VFC. This will mean we would recommend you consult with your insurance company to find out what vaccines they will cover.

If you would like to learn more about the VFC program, you can do so here.

If you would like to learn more about the WyVIP program, you can do so here.

We are committed to keeping our patients informed and updated as new information and regulations change, and will continue to ensure that we are doing our best to keep you safe and healthy.