This bipartisan bill addresses the drop in routine childhood vaccination rates due to the pandemic by increasing Medicaid payment rates for immunization administration, clarifying that VFC providers can charge and Medicaid must pay for CPT code 90461 for multicomponent vaccines, extending VFC eligibility to all children enrolled in CHIP and allowing underinsured children to receive VFC vaccines at any VFC provider.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Visit the CPP Payment Resources Support The Strengthening the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) Act of 2021 for the full letter of support from the CPP Board of Directors.
• If you are an AAP member, please visit the AAP’s federal advocacy page (http://federaladvocacy.aap.org) to contact your local representative in support of this bipartisan bill lead by Kim Schrier MD FAAP (D-WA), and co-sponsors John Joyce (R-PA), GK Butterfield (D-NC), and David McKinley (R-WV).
• If you are not an AAP member, you can either create and AAP user ID and follow the instructions above or reach out directly to your local representative (https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials).