Most people who get the flu will have a mild illness, but for individuals with suppressed immune systems and other health conditions, the flu can send them to the hospital, or be fatal.
Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company, encourages everyone to observe National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), Dec. 8-14. One way to do that is to take advantage of their health insurer’s preventive care coverage for flu vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Medicare Part B normally covers one flu shot in the fall or winter. Medicare recipients pay nothing if the doctor or other qualified healthcare provider accepts assignment for giving the shot. The Part B deductible doesn’t apply.
All Health Insurance Marketplace plans and many other plans cover a flu vaccination without charging a co-payment or coinsurance. This is true even if individuals have not met their yearly deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider, so individuals should check with their insurance carriers to confirm which flu vaccination locations, such as local pharmacies, participate in their network.
“The healthcare community recognizes the health and financial benefits of flu shots,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. “Most people who get the flu will have a mild illness, but for individuals with suppressed immune systems and other health conditions, the flu can send them to the hospital, or be fatal.”
Common examples of flu-related complications include pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections. People who have the following conditions are more likely to experience flu-related complications if they get sick from influenza:
- Neurological conditions
- Chronic lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis)
- Heart disease
- Blood disorders (such as sickle cell disease)
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- Weakened immune system due to disease or medication (such as people with HIV or AIDS, cancer, or those on chronic steroids).
Those with these severe conditions may qualify for SSDI if they are unable to work. SSDI is a federally mandated insurance program funded by FICA payroll taxes. It provides monthly income to people under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a severe disability expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal. Regardless of their age, SSDI beneficiaries are eligible for Medicare 24 months after their monthly cash benefits begin.
For more information on SSDI, call (888) 841-2126 or visit Expert.Allsup.com.
To find a flu vaccine location near you, visit flu.gov.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.