Struggling to get Pre-Exposure Rabies Vaccine

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MintyMoose

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Hello everyone, I'm from northern NJ and I have been running into a lot of trouble getting the rabies pre-exposure vaccine covered by insurance. I have Medicaid (because I am poor) and have been running into obstacles at every turn. I've tried my primary doctor, my specialist, Walgreens, international vaccine places, etc., and every time my insurance is denied. With all the pilling costs from starting vet school, it's really hard to afford this. I've heard that I can potentially go to an emergency room and get the vaccines there, does anyone know if that will work or does anyone have any other advice/tips? I have 5 more weeks in NJ before I move :/

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running into a lot of trouble getting the rabies pre-exposure vaccine covered by insurance
Unfortunately most insurance companies won’t cover the pre-exposure vaccines 😞 do you need them by the first day of class? I’d potentially contact your school and ask if the school insurance covers it (if you’re switching to school insurance) or if you can get them once you have loan money or bill them to your student account where loans would cover it.
 
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In my experience, no insurance covers pre-exposure, even if it is a requirement for your program or job. Most of our class paid out of pocket... it used to be 3 injections, now thankfully only 2. Each injection cost around $300. Do you have to get the vaccine prior to starting? We had someone come to our school to give us all vaccines during the program. Otherwise, I'd reach out to the ER or local health department. Good luck.
 
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In my experience, no insurance covers pre-exposure, even if it is a requirement for your program or job. Most of our class paid out of pocket... it used to be 3 injections, now thankfully only 2. Each injection cost around $300. Do you have to get the vaccine prior to starting? We had someone come to our school to give us all vaccines during the program. Otherwise, I'd reach out to the ER or local health department. Good luck.
I mean just to counterpoint, UMN school insurance covered it and they set up vaccine clinics at school to run all the first years through who needed it. I didn't pay a dime for the series (outside the cost of the insurance). I also didn't need to pay for the titer check 3rd year, where they also set up a clinic for all the students to get their blood drawn. OP, I would check with your school
 
I mean just to counterpoint, UMN school insurance covered it and they set up vaccine clinics at school to run all the first years through who needed it. I didn't pay a dime for the series (outside the cost of the insurance). I also didn't need to pay for the titer check 3rd year, where they also set up a clinic for all the students to get their blood drawn. OP, I would check with your school
My insurance also covered it back in 2018. I don’t remember if I was on BCBS or Priority Health at that point but I think PH? 😂
I don’t know what voodoo magic Walgreens worked but I was definitely anticipating paying full price out of pocket because my insurance had initially said they wouldn’t cover it even after meeting my deductible
 
My Medicaid covered mine in KY. I didn’t ask for pre-approval. I just went in and got it. I said I needed it for my job/school and then it went through Medicaid no problem. I did it an infectious disease specialist because they had that vaccine.
 
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My insurance also covered it back in 2018. I don’t remember if I was on BCBS or Priority Health at that point but I think PH? 😂
I don’t know what voodoo magic Walgreens worked but I was definitely anticipating paying full price out of pocket because my insurance had initially said they wouldn’t cover it even after meeting my deductible
Blue Cross Blue Shield covered mine in either 2017/2018. I know the doctor put it in a certain way to help it be covered but I'm not sure what that was. The insurance was my mother's, and since she's a doctor at a hospital network it may have been a tier more likely to cover stuff like that, so mileage may vary
 
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