Lawmakers Approve Plan for Cervical Cancer Vaccine Payments

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) State legislators have tentatively approved a measure that would require all health insurance companies to pay for cervical cancer vaccinations for their patients after doctors testified the vaccine works.

Department of Public Health and Environment Director, Dr. Ned Calonge, told lawmakers a vaccine made by Merck is cost effective, at a cost of about $300.

Colonge said it could prevent many of the 40 deaths a year in Colorado from cervical cancer.

The House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved the measure and sent it to the House Appropriations Committee.

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