HB 310: "An Act temporarily reinstating the child and adult immunization program in the Department of Health and Social Services; and providing for an effective date."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 310 01 "An Act temporarily reinstating the child and adult immunization program in the 02 Department of Health and Social Services; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 05 to read: 06 CHILD AND ADULT IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM; LEGISLATIVE INTENT 07 AND PURPOSE. (a) The legislature intends, by establishing the child and adult immunization 08 program in sec. 2 of this Act, to reinstate the program as it existed in the state and as 09 administered by the Department of Health and Social Services in 2009 by providing 10 additional state funding and authorization to fill the gap left by a reduction in federal funding 11 since that time and that resulted in a "universal select" program that fails to provide children 12 and adults who reside in the state with recommended immunizations. The purpose of this Act 13 is to ensure that select recommended vaccines are made available to underinsured children 14 and uninsured and underinsured adults by the state.
01 (b) The program established by this Act is made temporary only to better assess the 02 need and costs to the state of extending the full reach of the former immunization program. A 03 failure to extend the temporary reinstatement of the immunization program by future 04 legislatures is not intended to implicitly deauthorize a state immunization program. 05 (c) The Department of Health and Social Services may reinstitute former 06 immunization policies and procedures consistent with this Act. 07 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 08 read: 09 CHILD AND ADULT IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM ESTABLISHED; 10 CONDITIONS. (a) A child and adult immunization program is established in the Department 11 of Health and Social Services to distribute recommended vaccines to eligible providers under 12 the conditions established in this section. 13 (b) The department shall 14 (1) determine provider and recipient eligibility as provided under this section; 15 (2) adopt regulations necessary to carry out the program; 16 (3) apply for available federal, state, and private funding needed to support the 17 program; 18 (4) maintain an enrollment, renewal, and eligibility verification procedure 19 consistent with federal and state law. 20 (c) A provider of vaccinations under the program shall 21 (1) be licensed or exempt from licensure in the state to prescribe and 22 administer vaccines; 23 (2) serve residents of the state; 24 (3) maintain accurate records of 25 (A) screening and eligibility of recipients; 26 (B) storage and distribution of vaccines; 27 (4) within 10 days, notify the department of a change in staffing, procedure, or 28 location to maintain eligibility in the program. 29 (d) Notwithstanding (c) of this section, a provider of vaccinations under the program 30 may be a federally designated rural health clinic. 31 (e) A person is eligible to receive from an eligible provider under the program all
01 recommended vaccines for the person's age group as provided in (f) of this section if the 02 person is a resident of the state and is uninsured or underinsured for vaccinations. 03 (f) The recommended vaccines included in the program 04 (1) for a child under 19 years of age are all vaccines approved by the 05 commissioner, except that the commissioner may not approve meningococcal and human 06 papillomavirus vaccines; when approving vaccines under this paragraph, the commissioner 07 shall consider the recommendations of the federal advisory committee on immunization 08 practices; 09 (2) for an adult 19 years of age or older are influenza, pneumococcal, and 10 Tdap. 11 (g) In addition to the vaccines listed in (f) of this section, the commissioner may add 12 or subtract vaccines for inclusion in the program based on nationally recognized public health 13 standards and the availability of funding. 14 (h) In this section, 15 (1) "commissioner" means the commissioner of health and social services; 16 (2) "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services; 17 (3) "program" means the child and adult immunization program established 18 under (a) of this section; 19 (4) "underinsured" means a person who has health insurance, but the coverage 20 excludes all or select vaccines or that includes a limit on vaccinations; 21 (5) "uninsured" means a person who is not covered by a public or private 22 health insurance policy. 23 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 24 read: 25 CHILD AND ADULT IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM; TRANSITION: 26 REGULATIONS. The Department of Health and Social Services may adopt regulations 27 necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under 28 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the law 29 implemented by the regulations. 30 * Sec. 4. This Act is repealed June 30, 2015. 31 * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).