For the Week of September 29, 2014
Does Medicare cover the hepatitis B vaccine for all Medicare beneficiaries?
Medicare does not cover the vaccine for all beneficiaries, but it does cover those who are at high to medium risk for the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
The high-risk group includes individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD); individuals with hemophilia who received Factor VIII or IX concentrates; clients of institutions for individuals for the mentally handicapped; persons who live in the same household as a HBV carrier; homosexual men; and illicit drug abusers.
Intermediate risk groups include staff in institutions for the mentally handicapped and workers in healthcare professions who have frequent contact with blood or blood-derived body fluids during routine work.
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