Adapted from an article in the MESSA DiscoverYou September/October 2020 newsletter
Getting your flu shot is always important, but it’s even more critical this year.
Health systems are bracing for a possible second wave of COVID-19 cases at the same time that cold and flu season usually heats up. That double whammy could overload local health facilities. By getting the flu shot, you can protect yourself, your loved ones and your local community.
MESSA makes it easy to get a flu shot. It’s a fully covered benefit for MESSA members and their covered dependents when you go to a payable provider. MESSA members have three provider options:
Your in-network health care provider
Visit messa.org and select “Find a Doctor” to be sure your provider is in-network.
Select retail pharmacies
Most Michigan pharmacies will give you a flu shot for free and bill MESSA. You shouldn’t have to pay the pharmacy up front for a flu vaccination. If a pharmacy asks you to pay up front, you should go to a different pharmacy or contact MESSA’s Member Service Center at 1-800-336-0013 so we can ensure you receive the immunization at no charge.
Public health departments
Most public health departments don’t participate with our network and will require you to pay up front at the time of the service. If you paid for your vaccination from a public health department, please send a copy of your receipt, the name of the MESSA member and contract number to MESSA for reimbursement.
To learn more about your MESSA benefits, call MESSA’s Member Service Center at 1-800-336-0013 or connect with us via live chat.
MESSA DiscoverYou is a bi-monthly health and wellness newsletter available to MESSA members. For more information about MESSA health benefits and services, call 1-833-341-6276. Visit MESSA online at www.messa.org.