Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will cover the cost of getting the H1N1 flu vaccine, the company announced Friday, a decision that may pave the way for coverage by other insurers.
Blue Cross and its HMO subsidiary, Blue Care Network, also will pay for the first time for flu shots administered by pharmacies.
The H1N1 vaccine protects against the so-called swine flu, different protection than standard flu shots. Both can be given the same day, the federal government says. As the state’s largest insurer, Blue Cross often sets the pace of benefits decisions in the industry.