California Bill Requires Some Health Care Plans To Cover HPV Vaccination

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HPV Vaccination


The California Legislature before adjourning on Wednesday passed a bill (AB 1429)that would require every individual or group health care plan thatcovers cervical cancer treatment also to provide coverage for humanpapillomavirus vaccination, the Los Angeles Times reports (Vogel, Los Angeles Times, 9/16).

Thebill states that every health care plan that is issued, amended orrenewed on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and that includes coverage fortreatment or surgery of cervical cancer also must cover HPV vaccinationin compliance with the recommendations of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The plan must cover a Pap test, an FDA-approved HPV screening testand an FDA-approved cervical cancer screening test. The measure exemptsspecialized health care service plans from the requirement (AB 1429text, 9/17).

The Legislature also passed a bill (AB 34)that would create a statewide system to collect and store umbilicalcord blood. The Legislature passed 962 bills before adjourningWednesday. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has acted on some of thebills and has until Oct. 21 to sign or veto the remainder of them (Los Angeles Times, 9/16).

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