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Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist
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Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist

HEALTH COMES FIRST ON BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

It’s important, it’s required, and this year it may cost less.

It may not be first on your child’s back-to-school checklist, but it should be. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida reminds parents that now is the time to confirm health exam and immunization requirements for first-time and returning students for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

So before clothes, before supplies, check with your child’s school about what’s required, and give yourself enough time to schedule whatever exams and vaccinations are needed before school starts.  And this year, you may get a budget break, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Health Plans Now Cover Co-Pays for A Dozen Children’s Immunization Services 

In keeping with its In Pursuit of Health mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida wants Floridians to know that, under the national health reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, health plans now offer full coverage for a variety of preventive care services for children without having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet deductibles.  They include exams and immunizations that may be required for attendance at Florida schools.  Below is a list of immunization vaccines for children from birth to age 18 now fully covered by health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.   A full list of covered preventive services for children and adults under the Affordable Care Act can be found at: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/provisions/preventive/index.html.  Compare these with requirements at your child’s school, and you may find you won’t have a copay this year for your child’s immunizations.


  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus
  • Inactivated Poliovirus
  • Influenza
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • Meningococcal
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella

Other Sources for Savings

For those without health insurance, or on Medicaid, Federal and state programs may be of help in providing free immunizations for your child.  Learn more by visiting these sites:  http://www.immunizeflorida.org; http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdsitelist.htm; or contact your local county Health Department.  Free children’s sports physicals may also be available through local Health Departments and other community –minded organizations.  These include Florida Blue retail centers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville, which are hosting free back-to-school carnival events in August.  For a Florida Blue events calendar, visit www.floridablue.com.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida: In Pursuit of Health
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida is a leader in Florida’s health industry, dedicated to providing progressive health solutions to support all Floridians in their pursuit of health.  Through wellness education, personal interaction and guidance, community involvement and a variety of cost-conscious health coverage options, we strive to promote health and well-being throughout the state of Florida.  Our Florida Blue centers provide an interactive environment where consumers can purchase health insurance, have face-to-face consultations, take advantage of basic health screenings and wellness lectures, and learn about various health care options fit for any budget.  Learn more at www.floridablue.com.

Since 1944, the company has worked to meet the diverse needs of all those it serves by offering an array of choices. BCBSF is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., BCBSF is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information concerning BCBSF, please see its Web site at www.bcbsfl.com .

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