New health insurance initiative helps seniors get vaccinated

WASHINGTON (KLKN) — Health insurance providers are looking to promote health equity by removing barriers to vaccinations for millions of Americans most at risk for COVID-19.

Working with federal and state governments, members of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced the Vaccine Community Connectors pilot initiative.

The initiative aims to assist two-million underserved seniors, ages 65 and up, get vaccinated.

“The most vulnerable people in our country have suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 crisis and we are determined to end this inequity,” said Kim Keck, BCBSA president, and CEO. “Through this initiative, we are committing our unique resources—our people, our data, and our enduring community ties—to quickly and equitably bring life-saving vaccines to those who need them most.”

Through this initiative, health insurance providers will:

  • Identify eligible seniors in underserved communities
  • Work with community partners to educate seniors about the vaccine
  • Assist seniors in scheduling a vaccination appointment

For more information from AHIP, click here.

For more information from BCBSA, click here.

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