As a result of the Affordable Care Act, preventative care is now free for Americans who have health insurance. For many people, this means free flu shots.
For seniors on Medicare, flu shots are now free under Part B of Medicare. Furthermore, there is no co-pay no matter what supplemental plan you may have enrolled in. For those under age 65 and not yet on Medicare, you may find that some insurance companies provide for a free shot as part of the free preventative care required under the Affordable Care Act.
In Pennsylvania, since pharmacists can now administer the medication, you can drop into many local pharmacies to receive the shot with little or no wait.
Many pharmacies can now submit the bill directly to the insurance company for payment. As a result, you save the time and expense of mailing the bill to your insurance company for reimbursement.
In some CVS and Rite Aid Stores, a flue shot is available 24 hours a day. It is available at regular store hours in other stores. It is available in supermarkets such as the Giant on Springfield Road in Broomall.
If you do not have medical insurance there are other options. The shot costs only about $29 Rite Aid. It is $31. at CVS. Giant Foods will match any other price. The major drug store chains provide discount incentives if you get the shot at their store. Jerry T of Giant Foods that not only do they give out coupons, but to look in the newspaper for coupons for new prescriptions as this also includes the flu shot. If you have ever been laid up in bed for a week with the flu, you realize that’s a tremendous bargain.
Stay well until the next post.
Bob Gasparro is an Elder Practitioner (accountant and attorney). He can be reached at Robert.Gasparro@lifespanlegal.com or (484) 297-2050. Comments to this post, and ideas for future posts are welcome.