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Frequently Asked Questions


The MVB carefully considers questions posed by providers, payers and others interested in its work. It responds to items of general interest from time to time via these FAQs on this website. These FAQs also guide MVB’s service provider in administering its assessment and vaccine funding work.

Federal Vaccines for Children (VFC)
FAQs for Providers
FAQs for Payers
All Questions

Federally Funded Vaccines for Children
Show details for G01.  Has anything changed for the federally funded Vaccines for Children (VFC)?G01. Has anything changed for the federally funded Vaccines for Children (VFC)?
Show details for G02.  Do providers need to screen for VFC eligibility?G02. Do providers need to screen for VFC eligibility?
Show details for G03.  Do providers need to put vaccines for privately insured children in a different refrigerator from federaG03. Do providers need to put vaccines for privately insured children in a different refrigerator from federally funded vaccines?


FAQ for Providers
Show details for P01.  What is the Universal Childhood Immunization Program?P01. What is the Universal Childhood Immunization Program?
Show details for P02.  Are adults covered under this program?P02. Are adults covered under this program?
Show details for P03.  When does this program start?P03. When does this program start?
Show details for P04.  How does this law affect how Medical Providers currently receive vaccines from the Maine Immunization PrP04. How does this law affect how Medical Providers currently receive vaccines from the Maine Immunization Program?
Show details for P05.  What will be the main changes to my office?P05. What will be the main changes to my office?
Show details for P06.  What are the benefits to my office?P06. What are the benefits to my office?
Show details for P07.  How will this program affect patients?P07. How will this program affect patients?
Show details for P08.  What will providers have to do differently?P08. What will providers have to do differently?
Show details for P09.  How can I participate?P09. How can I participate?
Office Procedure Questions
Show details for P10.  Do I need to screen for VFC (Vaccines for Children) eligibility?P10. Do I need to screen for VFC (Vaccines for Children) eligibility?
Show details for P11.  Will we need to separate our vaccines (insured /VFC) in the refrigerator?P11. Will we need to separate our vaccines (insured /VFC) in the refrigerator?
Show details for P12.  Will healthcare providers still need to complete the required vaccine reports to public health in additiP12. Will healthcare providers still need to complete the required vaccine reports to public health in addition to the new track...
Vaccine Purchasing Questions
Show details for P13.  What vaccines are covered by the Universal Childhood Immunization Program?P13. What vaccines are covered by the Universal Childhood Immunization Program?
Show details for P14.  Should I buy seasonal childhood influenza vaccine for next year?P14. Should I buy seasonal childhood influenza vaccine for next year?
Show details for P15.  Does the state purchase the nasal spray flu vaccine, Flu mist?P15. Does the state purchase the nasal spray flu vaccine, Flu mist?
Show details for P16.  Will the state still be selecting the vaccines available, or will we have a choice?P16. Will the state still be selecting the vaccines available, or will we have a choice?
Show details for P17.  Will the types of vaccine be different between children with private health insurance and other childrenP17. Will the types of vaccine be different between children with private health insurance and other children?
Show details for P18.  Will vaccines be allocated?P18. Will vaccines be allocated?
Show details for P19.  What if a vaccine is in shortage or not available through the universal program?P19. What if a vaccine is in shortage or not available through the universal program?
Reimbursement Questions
Show details for P20.  What if my office no longer wants to participate in the state program but does want to privately purchasP20. What if my office no longer wants to participate in the state program but does want to privately purchase and bill for vacci...
Show details for P21.  Can I still bill the insurers normally for the vaccine administration fee?P21. Can I still bill the insurers normally for the vaccine administration fee?
Show details for P22.  What if a patient’s parents/guardian cannot pay the administration fee?P22. What if a patient’s parents/guardian cannot pay the administration fee?
Show details for P23. How do I get paid for my privately-purchased childhood vaccines on hand as of January1, 2012?P23. How do I get paid for my privately-purchased childhood vaccines on hand as of January1, 2012?

FAQs for Payers
Show details for A01.  Are carriers the only ones paying for Maine Vaccines?A01. Are carriers the only ones paying for Maine Vaccines?
Show details for A02.  How are an entity’s assessments determined?A02. How are an entity’s assessments determined?
Show details for A03.  Are there any other penalties?A03. Are there any other penalties?
Show details for A04.  Where may I obtain more information?A04. Where may I obtain more information?
Show details for A05.  Where do I go to complete the online assessment?A05. Where do I go to complete the online assessment?
Show details for A06.  Are there any tutorials on the use of this system?A06. Are there any tutorials on the use of this system?
Show details for A07.  How often do I have to report?A07. How often do I have to report?
Hide details for A08.  If I am a TPA who has determined I have zero covered lives, am I still required to report every quarter?A08. If I am a TPA who has determined I have zero covered lives, am I still required to report every quarter?
No. If you are a TPA, special benefits plan, or any type of insurer that does not provide basic health care and therefore has zero child covered lives, you are only required to report once a year, in the first quarter of each year. MVB’s fiscal year starts July 1, so that means this zero covered lives report is due November 15 for the quarter ending September 30.
Show details for A09.  If our company has no covered lives, but that changes in the future, what do I do?A09. If our company has no covered lives, but that changes in the future, what do I do?
Show details for A10.  What if I have already registered, but need to change some of the information?A10. What if I have already registered, but need to change some of the information?
Hide details for A11.  If I make a mistake in my report, how do I correct it?A11. If I make a mistake in my report, how do I correct it?
Please email info@MEvaccine.org with an explanation of your mistake and the correct covered lives number. An MVB staff person will provide assistance so that you are able to print a corrected remittance form.
Show details for A12.  If I reported too many covered lives, but have already sent the check, can I be reimbursed?A12. If I reported too many covered lives, but have already sent the check, can I be reimbursed?
Show details for A13.  Do I need to print and send my remittance form with the check?A13. Do I need to print and send my remittance form with the check?
Show details for A14.  What address do I send the check too?A14. What address do I send the check too?
Show details for A15.  When is my remittance considered paid?A15. When is my remittance considered paid?
Hide details for A16.  If I send the check on the 15th must I overnight it?A16. If I send the check on the 15th must I overnight it?
No. Regular mail is fine. We will consider your remittance as paid on the date of the postmark.
Show details for A17.  Can I wire transfer instead?A17. Can I wire transfer instead?
Show details for A18.  What if I am late?A18. What if I am late?
Hide details for A19.  Whom do I contact if I have a question or a problem?A19. Whom do I contact if I have a question or a problem?
You can email info@MEvaccine.org, or call 1-855-543-7829. We welcome any opportunity to assist you.
Hide details for A20. Is more information available on how to correct any overpayment or underpayment by my company?A20. Is more information available on how to correct any overpayment or underpayment by my company?
Yes, please email us at info@MEvaccine.org. Please provide the number of covered lives filed and the number that should have been filed. We will make the necessary changes.








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