Contact: Andrew Ammirati
March 2, 2012
State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge), Senate chair of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, today described results of the work recently completed by the Childhood Immunization Task Force. Senator Crisco served on the task force and said its final report includes a half-dozen recommendations for legislative action to address the matter.
Senator Crisco said a summary of the final report underscores how each suggestion for the General Assembly, “supports the goal of universal vaccine compliance, due to the well-established public health benefits of childhood vaccinations.
“Among our recommendations is one to ensure the state’s childhood immunization program continues to be underwritten by an assessment placed upon the state’s life insurance and health insurance providers,” Senator Crisco said. “Along those lines, the state must balance cost consciousness with a commitment to provide adequate options for all clients and ensure their children have access to a full range of potential vaccines.”
Senator Crisco said another of the task force recommendations is that the state increase its appropriation to help underwrite the childhood immunization program and broaden its insurance assessment pool to ensure fairness and adequate funding.
“Most of our recommendations are to address current conditions and our near-future vision for the program, but we are also concerned about longer-term complications in our effort to provide childhood vaccinations,” Senator Crisco said. “To that end we included recommendations about an ongoing collaboration with the University of Connecticut to study and improve immunization rates, and more broad-based consideration of mandatory provider participation in the program.”
Senator Crisco was included on the Childhood Immunization Task Force because of his extensive working knowledge of the insurance and healthcare coverage aspect of the issue.
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