You have been hearing over the past few weeks about the changes in the State of CT immunization supply program.
In the Special Legislative Session held on June 12, language passed that will:
* Allow for choice of any vaccine provided by the state system that is CDC approved but is cost equivalent
* Change the way the insurers will be assessed
* Expand the number of covered vaccines (Hep A, Influenza for children 6 mos to 5, and pneumococcal)
The last, and most contentious change is a mandate that all providers use only vaccine provided by the state for those vaccines that it covers.
Originally, the mandate would have started on July, 2012, but the law now is that the mandate will not take place until Jan 1, 2013.
While we were disappointed in the final outcome we worked really hard on this, making every effort to get people in Hartford to realize that this was potentially a way to slide back on our immunization rates, along with many other concerns. Many legislators noticed and the entire Malloy administration clearly knows we were not making these concerns up. We received a lot of press, both television and print. The CTAAP will be working on making this program successful for the children of the state as well as our members.
So, there is more to do, but at this moment, we have some breathing room until our next drop dead date of January 1, when the mandate is scheduled to begin.
Thank you, everyone for dropping everything you were doing to answer our calls. Every contact you made with legislators helped us!