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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1312         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2112

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Steven M. Walsh and Katherine M. Clark

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to provider choice and reliable vaccine management.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1312        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2112

By Representative Walsh of Lynn and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2112) of Steven M. Walsh and Katherine M. Clark for legislation to establish a provider vaccine brand choice program within the Department of Public Health.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to provider choice and reliable vaccine management.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 224 the following section:-

              Section 225. (1) The department shall implement a provider vaccine brand choice program as part of the commonwealth’s universal immunization program pursuant to section 24I of chapter 111; the vaccines for children program operated by the department under the authority of 42 5 U.S.C. §1396s; and in any other existing or future immunization program for children or adults administered through the state using local, state or federal funds. The vaccine brand choice program shall allow all healthcare providers participating in the state’s immunization programs to select any vaccine licensed by the federal Food and Drug Administration, including any combination vaccine and dosage form, that is: (A) recommended by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and (B) made  available to the Department of Public Health by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This section shall not apply in the event of a disaster or public health emergency, terrorist attack, hostile military or paramilitary action, or extraordinary law enforcement emergency.

             

              The Department of Public Health shall implement all or part of the provider choice system as soon as it is determined to be feasible, provided, however, that the department shall complete full implementation of the system not later than July 1, 2014.

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