Vermont insurer to give free swine flu shots

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it’s voluntarily covering the cost of swine flu vaccinations in hopes of getting the shots for as many people as possible.

Leigh Tofferi, a Blue Cross spokesman, says the insurer will cover the cost to administer the H1N1 vaccine for its members, who can get the shot without paying a copayment, coinsurance or deductible, regardless of their benefit coverage.

He says Blue Cross will pay the allowed administrative cost and the federal government will pay for the vaccine when it becomes available.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s largest private health insurer, covering about 180,000 Vermonters.

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