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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
HEALTHCARE POLICY & BENEFIT SERVICES DIVISION

Healthcare Policy & Benefit Services Division
September 9, 2011
Division Memorandum 2011-03

ATTENTION: Personnel and Payroll Officers, Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business Managers
SUBJECT: Flu Vaccination Clinic Request for Proposal Vendor Award

I. INTRODUCTION

The Office of the State Comptroller, Healthcare Policy & Benefit Services Division issued a Request for Proposal in July 2011 in order to seek a vendor to administer statewide flu vaccination clinics.  This process has replaced the need for agencies to use independent organizations to schedule flu vaccination clinics on their own.  Since the State of Connecticut employee and retiree health plans are self-insured, this arrangement will result in a significant cost savings to the plan when compared to previous vaccination efforts.

II.  AWARD

The Office of the State Comptroller has completed the election process for the on-site flu vaccination clinic Request for Proposal for the 2011-2013 flu seasons.

The contract for the flu vaccination clinics has been awarded to both the Danbury VNA and our current pharmacy benefit manager Caremark. 

III.  COORDINATING FLU VACCINATION CLINICS

When coordinating flu vaccination clinics, agencies will have the option to choose from either vendor based upon the availability for both the agency and vendor.  They may contact their selected vendor at:

Danbury VNA CVS Caremark
4 Liberty Street 695 George Washington Highway
Danbury, CT 06810 Lincoln, RI  02865
(203) 792-4120 Joanna Penta
Brian Carney (860) 461-0417
Brian.Carney@wcthealthnetwork.org Joanna.Penta@caremark.com

If your agency has already scheduled an on-site flu vaccination clinic for the fall of 2011 through the Danbury VNA you are not required to make any changes.  However, if your agency has scheduled an on-site flu vaccination clinic with any other vendor other than those listed above, you are required to reschedule with an approved vendor.

Once an on-site clinic has been scheduled, either Danbury VNA or Caremark will have on-line scheduling available for employees to schedule their individual vaccination appointments.

IV.  ADDITIONAL FLU VACCINATION OPTIONS

In addition to the on-site flu vaccination clinic Caremark is providing several additional ways employees, dependents, and retirees may receive their flu vaccination.

V.  CONCLUSION

It should be noted, employees, their dependents, and retirees now have four ways to receive flu shots:

  • On-site clinics,
  • CVS or other local pharmacies,
  • CVS minute clinics, and
  • From their doctor or other health professional.

In and out-of-network claims will be paid according to the schedule of benefits of the health plan the employee or retiree is enrolled in.  All vaccinations provided by the contracted vendors noted above will be considered in network regardless of the medical plan the employee is enrolled in.

Should you have any questions regarding the flu vaccination program, contact Helen Sullivan in the Healthcare Analysis Unit at (860) 702-3346 or Helen.sullivan@po.state.ct.us.

 

Very truly yours,

Thomas C. Woodruff, Ph.D.
Division Director

 

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