Update: Effective October 1, 2015, HHSC will approve payments for administrative costs associated with providing Gardasil 9 to VFC-eligible children and individuals 19+ on Medicaid.
Starting May 13, 2015 DSHS will make Gardasil 9 available through the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program. Unfortunately, HHSC does not plan to cover the vaccine administration fee associated with providing Gardasil 9 to the Vaccines For Children (VFC) population or Medicaid adults (19 and older) until October 1, 2015 at the earliest. For more information see the TVFC Letter-Update from DSHS.
A rate hearing is scheduled for August 2015 to determine payment of administration charges for Gardasil 9. The Texas Pediatric Society realizes that the timing of ordering availability through VFC not being synchronized with approval for payment of administration charges through HHSC is not ideal. We have communicated to Texas VFC about our concerns, and DSHS responded with a letter to TPS, outlining the Immunization Branch's efforts to assist providers through this period. Providers had an opportunity in May and another in July to update their vaccine choices through the Electronic Vaccine Inventory (EVI) system. If you are a TFVC provider and have not made changes to your vaccine orders, you may do so by contacting the Vaccine Call Center at 1-888-777-5320 or send an email to VacCallCenter@dshs.state.tx.us. For more information see the Gardasil 9 letter from DSHS.
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