You’ve Got Options for Your Flu Shot

HealthBuzzOnce again, there are several no-cost or low-cost flu shot options available this year for state employees and retirees, their dependents, and even those who are not covered by the State Employee Health Benefit. Some of the options include worksite flu shot clinics, your local pharmacy or your primary care provider.

Your annual flu shot is an important preventive measure as we head into the fall and winter. For active state employees covered by the State Employee Health Benefit, it’s also important to remember that getting your flu shot is part of Anthem’s Health Rewards Program, and could earn you $100 to use on out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Active state employees (part-time or full-time) who are covered by the State Employee Health Benefit can:

  • Attend a worksite flu shot clinic: Clinics are being scheduled around the state with Agency Human Resource representatives. If your agency has scheduled a clinic, they will send out an announcement on where and when it will be held as well as the necessary paperwork to complete.
  • Utilize the Pharmacy Benefit: Seasonal flu vaccinations are available as part of your prescription drug benefit plan and are not subject to a copayment if you go to a participating pharmacy. Choose from any of the more than 50,000 participating pharmacy locations.
    • To locate a participating pharmacy near you, contact Express Scripts at 1.866.544.1798
    • Contact the participating pharmacy to determine vaccine availability and if an appointment will be required for you and/or your covered dependents
    • Bring your Express Scripts prescription card and a valid photo ID when you go to your appointment
  • Visit Your Primary Care Office:  If billed as nurse visit or a routine well-visit, there will be no copayment required; otherwise the applicable PCP copayment would apply.

Active state employees (part-time or full-time) who are NOT covered by the State Employee Health Benefit can:

  • Participate in one of the state worksite flu shot clinics self-paying the $20 fee with check (made payable to “State of New Hampshire – Treasurer”)

Spouse and/or dependents of state employees, state retirees and their spouse and/or dependents who are covered by the State Employee Health Benefit can:

  • Use the Pharmacy Benefit (see details above)
  • Make an appointment with their Primary Care Office (see details above)
  • Visit a community vaccination clinic. Some communities in NH offer flu vaccinations at school sites, visiting nurse associations, senior centers, or grocery stores.

Do you have health benefit questions? Send them to Chris Porter at cporter@seiu1984.org and put “Ask Chris” in the subject line. Chris is our Compensation and Benefit Research Specialist who will advocate for members experiencing challenges with their contracted medical benefits. We’ll post answers to commonly posed questions in this column.

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