Our work administering funding programs began in 2002, when the KidsVax® program (KV) formed the New Hampshire Vaccine Association. This was the nation’s first universal childhood vaccine funding program.
Since then, we have helped establish the Maine Vaccine Board, the Vermont Vaccine Purchasing Program, the Washington Vaccine Association, the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program, the Rhode Island Vaccine Assessment Program, the Rhode Island Children’s Health Account Program, and the State of Washington Partnership Access Lines Funding Program. These programs oversee universal purchase of vaccines for both children and adults for their respective states, children with special health needs, and consultative psychiatric access programs.
Throughout the years, KV has grown exponentially. We offer an array of consulting and funding administrative services for public health programs which include nonprofit, governmental, and quasi-governmental organizations, and other unique health care initiatives nationwide. We also offer consulting services for special projects, payer compliance, and other health administration services.
With years of experience, we are deeply interested in advancing sustainable and improved access to health care while lowering costs. We have over two decades of experience in implementing programs to establish a single standard of immunization care which has resulted in easy access to vaccines for both publicly and privately insured children, and the corresponding benefits to providers, payers, and the public at large. This approach, which is extremely well suited to other vital public health initiatives, has expanded to children with special health needs and consultative psychiatric access programs. Some key benefits are listed below.
Improved Access: Making vaccines and mental health care available to all, regardless of economic status, affords access to improved healthcare and better outcomes for both individuals and their communities. Consultative psychiatric access programs allow patients to receive continuity of care from their trusted primary care clinicians who have enhanced access to expert mental and behavioral health advice.
Lower Costs: States that serve as the single purchaser of vaccines for publicly and privately insured children receive more favorable pricing. Depending on the vaccine, these prices are from 15 percent to 60 percent lower than private purchase alternatives.
Provider Benefits: Health care providers can continue to administer childhood vaccines to their patients, worry-free and free of charge. In addition, they avoid the financial and staffing burden required to purchase vaccines privately and store serum separately for privately and publicly insured children. Consultative psychiatric programs enable primary care clinicians to provide mental health care where specialty access and shortages persist by offering same day, no cost phone consultation access to primary care clinicians on their patients’ behalf (regardless of an individual’s ability to pay, travel, or ambulate).
Immunization Benefits: Next to clean drinking water and good nutrition, vaccines have saved more lives than any other public-health intervention in modern history. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that vaccinating every child born in the U.S. from birth to adolescence prevents tens of millions of infections, spares tens of thousands of lives, and saves tens of billions of dollars in medical costs. (SOURCE: “How Safe Are Vaccines?” by Alice Park, Time, May 21, 2008.)
Mental Health Benefits: Funding expert psychiatric consultation builds primary care clinician proficiency and comfort with treating patients whose problems are of increasing complexity which reduces unnecessary emergency department visits and prevents lengthier hospital “boarding” stays where there is often limited ability to care for patients effectively.
To learn more about the KidsVax® initiative and our clients, please email us at info@KidsVax.org