Premera Blue Cross Reminds Customers Preventative Immunizations Are Covered

  • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. — (January 30, 2019) — Premera Blue Cross, Washington’s leading health plan, today said cost is not a barrier to getting the measles vaccine from an in-network provider, because preventive immunizations, including booster shots, are covered for its customers.

    “Costs shouldn’t stand in the way of someone who wants an MMR vaccine. All immunizations, even booster shots for adults, are fully covered under our preventive services benefit,” said Dr. David Buchholz, a medical director for Premera.

    Earlier this week, the Washington Department of Health announced 36 confirmed cases of measles, 35 in Clark County and 1 in King County. The best protection against measles is the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children should get 2 doses of MMR vaccine, usually:

    • First dose: 12 through 15 months of age
    • Second dose: 4 through 6 years of age

    Available for interviews

    Dr. David Buchholz, medical director, Premera Blue Cross

    About Premera

    Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 2 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.

    Media contact

    Bo Jungmayer
    Premera Blue Cross