Immunization Funding Updates and Call to Action

The budget Congress is voting on this week includes requested funding for the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. These funds are critical in supporting the CDC and state immunization programs, which serve to keep our communities safe from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Unfortunately, as the House continues to debate the details of the American Health Care Act (ACHA), some key provisions that will undermine vaccination programs remain in the bill. First dollar coverage of vaccines, which ensures that families will be vaccinated without deductibles or copays, is at risk of being eliminated for some populations. Also, there is no planned replacement for the Prevention and Public Health Fund which under the Affordable Care Act provided 45% of immunization infrastructure and program funding.

The California Immunization Coalition joins our national partners including Every Child By Two to urge your participation in connecting with your national representatives to let them know the current bill would undermine basic immunization efforts.

ECBT has drafted some sample language (below) that you could use in an email or phone call to share your support for strong immunization programs.

Thank you for supporting immunization funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 spending bill. It is the first step in ensuring our families and communities remain protected from deadly vaccine-preventable diseases. I am asking that you continue to support immunizations by insisting any health care reform include first dollar coverage for vaccines, regardless of who the payer may be, and that you identify new sources of funding to maintain the progress made by the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).

The repeal of the PPHF will cripple the nation’s ability to keep vaccine-preventable diseases at bay. We cannot afford to lose additional public health programs or personnel. Please institute a new funding mechanism to support vaccine infrastructure as soon as possible. Thank you.

Please call your Congressional Member by 5 PM this Thursday, May 4 to ensure your voice is heard. You can quickly find their contact information using Who Is My Representative?

We here at ECBT will continue to monitor the situation closely and will share updates as they become available. Thank you for your continued support of vaccines!

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