Mandatory Vaccine Bill S.1203 sponsored by Senator Dean Heller

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 in Vaccines

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To veterans from NVIC Advocacy – If you are a veteran or have friends or love ones who are veterans, there is currently a bill moving through the US Senate concerning veterans and vaccines. NVIC Advocacy is tracking this bill on the portal at www.nvicadvocacy.org

S.1203 is sponsored by Senator Dean Heller, Republican from Nevada. https://www.congress.gov/member/dean-heller/H001041

This bill is long and has several proposals in it. One Section of this bill would require the VA to ensure that veterans receiving medical services from the VA receive each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.

While the VA should make all vaccines available to veterans, veterans should not be forced or coerced to get every vaccine on the adult schedule in order to meet quality measures or metrics, which this bill proposes. If passed this has the potential to force veterans into getting a vaccine they may not want in order to receive medical services.

This bill was heard by the Senate Veterans’ and Affairs committee and is currently on the Senate Calendar under general orders.

ACTION NEEDED:
1) Contact Senator Heller and ask him to remove the section of S.1203 that requires the VA “ensure” veterans receiving medical services from the VA receive each vaccine on the adult schedule. These vaccines should be available on a voluntary basis and not coerced or forced in any way to meet quality measures or metrics.
Senator Dean Heller
324 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-6244
Fax: 202-228-6753
Senator Heller’s website – http://www.heller.senate.gov/public/

2) Contact your own US Senators and ask them to oppose S.1203 unless it is amended to remove the section that requires the VA “ensure” veterans receiving medical services from the VA receive each vaccine on the adult schedule. http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

https://www.congress.gov/bi…/114th-congress/senate-bill/1203 – status and history for S.1203

According to the Veterans Affairs Committee Report – https://www.congress.gov/congressional-…/…/senate-report/153 :
Section 101 of this bill would require the VA to report to Congress each year on programs conducted during the previous fiscal year to ensure that veterans have received each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.

The bill would also require VA to submit to Congress, within 2 years of enactment, a report on the development and implementation of quality measures and metrics to ensure that veterans receiving medical services from VA receive each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.

Text from the bill – https://www.congress.gov/1…/bills/s1203/BILLS-114s1203rs.xml :
SEC. 101. Improved access to appropriate immunizations for veterans.
(a) Inclusion of recommended adult immunizations as medical services.—
(1) COVERED BENEFIT.—Subparagraph (F) of section 1701(9) of title 38, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
“(F) immunizations against infectious diseases, including each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule;”.
(2) RECOMMENDED ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE DEFINED.—Section 1701 of such title is amended by adding after paragraph (9) the following new paragraph:
“(10) The term ‘recommended adult immunization schedule’ means the schedule established (and periodically reviewed and, as appropriate, revised) by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”.
(b) Inclusion of recommended adult immunizations in annual report.—Section 1704(1)(A) of such title is amended—
(1) in clause (i), by striking “and” at the end;
(2) in clause (ii), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and
(3) by inserting after clause (ii) the following new clause:
“(iii) to provide veterans each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.”.
(c) Report to Congress.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than two years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on the development and implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs of quality measures and metrics, including targets for compliance, to ensure that veterans receiving medical services under chapter 17 of title 38, United States Code, receive each immunization on the recommended adult immunization schedule at the time such immunization is indicated on that schedule.
(2) RECOMMENDED ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term “recommended adult immunization schedule” has the meaning given that term in section 1701(10) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)(2).

http://www.gpo.gov/…/USCODE-2010-title38-partII-chap17-subc… – current law to be amended

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html – adult ACIP Vaccine Schedule

 

Source: National Vaccine Information Center