November 15, 2002

Vanderbilt child health care coverage explained after some confusion

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Dr. Jim Jirgis, who enjoys the flexibility of VUMC’s wireless plan, uses his PDA to access patient information while not in the office. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Following confusion relating to the $300 annual preventive care benefit limitation indicated in the Open Enrollment materials, Jerry Fife, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, recently clarified coverage for newborns to 2 years old under the Vanderbilt Health Care Plans. This $300 cap does not apply to newborns and children in the first 24 months of life.

Under Blue Cross, immunizations for children in the first two years of life will be covered at 100 percent, and there are no limits to physician visits in the first six years of age. Effective Jan. 1, the Vanderbilt Preferred plan and United Healthcare cover immunizations at 100 percent. All plans cover well-baby visits with the appropriate co-pay.