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
Federally Funded Vaccines for Children
G01. Has anything changed for the federally funded Vaccines for Children (VFC)?
G02. Do providers need to screen for VFC eligibility?
G03. Do providers need to put vaccines for privately insured children in a different refrigerator from federally funded vaccines?
FAQ for Providers
P01. What is the Universal Childhood Immunization Program?
P02. Are adults covered under this program?
P03. When does this program start?
P04. How does this law affect how Medical Providers currently receive vaccines from the Maine Immunization Program?
P05. What will be the main changes to my office?
P06. What are the benefits to my office?
Receive state supplied vaccine at no cost for all children in your practice.
Maintain continuity of care: All of your patients receive immunizations in their medical home.
-Fewer missed opportunities: Children won’t miss immunizations due to being referred elsewhere.
-Knowing if a child is up-to-date for immunizations when treating them for other illnesses.
-No need for up-front purchase of childhood vaccines.
-No need to keep two separate inventories of vaccine for VFC Children and privately insured children.
-Access valuable public health resources for your practice:
-More combination vaccines will be available through this program:
- Staff training.
- Technical assistance on vaccine and immunization issues.
- Best practices in vaccine storage and handling:
- Inventory management, temperature monitoring, and vaccine ordering.
- Information about new vaccines, schedules, and vaccine supply issues.
- Help measuring, promoting and achieving high immunization coverage rates for your practice.
P07. How will this program affect patients?
- Fewer needle sticks will be needed to fully vaccinate a child.
- Acceptance of more scheduled vaccines can be achieved.
- Rates can be improved with the effective use of combination vaccines.
P08. What will providers have to do differently?
P09. How can I participate?
Office Procedure Questions
P10. Do I need to screen for VFC (Vaccines for Children) eligibility?
P11. Will we need to separate our vaccines (insured /VFC) in the refrigerator?
P12. Will healthcare providers still need to complete the required vaccine reports to public health in addition to the new track...
Vaccine Purchasing Questions
P13. What vaccines are covered by the Universal Childhood Immunization Program?
Routinely recommended and approved vaccines for children from birth until age 19 will be available at no cost to physicians and other providers. The Vaccine Board will determine the list of vaccines to be made available. For a list of vaccines and presentations that will initially be available, visit the Maine Vaccine Board website here.
P14. Should I buy seasonal childhood influenza vaccine for next year?
P15. Does the state purchase the nasal spray flu vaccine, Flu mist?
Yes. This vaccine is one of the types of flu vaccine that will be available through the Universal Childhood Vaccine Program.
P16. Will the state still be selecting the vaccines available, or will we have a choice?
P17. Will the types of vaccine be different between children with private health insurance and other children?
P18. Will vaccines be allocated?
P19. What if a vaccine is in shortage or not available through the universal program?
In a bona fide shortage situation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes vaccine available to states through an allocation process. Shortages mean limited supplies may be available, but the Maine CDC will make as much vaccine available as possible. In addition, the Maine Vaccine Board has the authority to make temporary adjustments to the vaccine list to accommodate supply variations.
P20. What if my office no longer wants to participate in the state program but does want to privately purchase and bill for vacci...
P21. Can I still bill the insurers normally for the vaccine administration fee?
P22. What if a patient’s parents/guardian cannot pay the administration fee?
P23. How do I get paid for my privately-purchased childhood vaccines on hand as of January1, 2012?
FAQs for Payers
A01. Are carriers the only ones paying for Maine Vaccines?
A02. How are an entity’s assessments determined?
A03. Are there any other penalties?
Yes. Maine’s Superintendent of Insurance may apply sanctions and penalties and take other action under Title 24-A of Maine law.
A04. Where may I obtain more information?
A05. Where do I go to complete the online assessment?
A06. Are there any tutorials on the use of this system?
A07. How often do I have to report?
Quarterly. Within 45 days of each July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1, payers must pay the assessment for the preceding quarter. Accordingly, a quarterly report and payment is due on or before each August 15, November 15, February 15 and May 15 of each fiscal year. The new MVB fiscal year begins each July 1.
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.
A09. If our company has no covered lives, but that changes in the future, what do I do?
A10. What if I have already registered, but need to change some of the information?
A11. If I make a mistake in my report, how do I correct it?
A12. If I reported too many covered lives, but have already sent the check, can I be reimbursed?
Yes. Please email info@MEvaccine.org explaining the mistake and the amount needed for reimbursement. The MVB will then determine the best way to reimburse you whether by check or a deduction from your next quarterly assessment.
A13. Do I need to print and send my remittance form with the check?
A14. What address do I send the check to?
A15. When is my remittance considered paid?
A16. If I send the check on the 15th must I overnight it?
A17. Can I wire transfer instead?
A18. What if I am late?
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.
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.