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Ouch! Vaccination rates among elderly falling short

September 12, 2015
by Phil Galewitz
USA Today/Kaiser Health News

The Affordable Care Act requires private insurers to pay 100 percent for all preventive services including vaccines. Medicare patients don’t get the same deal. Flu and pneumonia shots are free for them because they are covered under Medicare Part B, but vaccinations for shingles and tetanus are covered under Medicare Part D and often require co-payments of $100 or more.   Flu and pneumonia shots are free for them but vaccinations for shingles and tetanus often require co-payments of $100 or more.

“It makes absolutely no sense,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health policy group.

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