Oregon Now Requires HPV Vaccine Be Covered by Insurance Companies

Excerpted from The Statesman Journal

Session marked a close call for human services

Initial victory on child health insurance became a battle for preservation

By Tracy Loew • Statesman Journal • June 28, 2009

-Insurers will be required to cover the cost of the human papillomavirus vaccine for females between 11 and 26 years of age. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and is the main cause of cervical cancer.

Comment from Leslie

Getting the insurance companies to pay for the vaccine is a drop in the bucket.  What about insurance companies paying for the treatments of the girls who are adversely affected by the vaccine?  That is the real issue.  And a real problem for the parent’s of these girls who have become financially destitute because of the medical treatments needed to treat the adverse reactions.

Advice to parents: When asking your insurance company if they will cover the cost of the vaccine – make sure you ask if they will cover the medical bills if your daughter has a reaction.  If the company will not cover the treatments then seriously reconsider – until the vaccine has been proved safe and/or the insurance companies cover vaccine damage.

Believe me – the companies will not cover vaccine damage – because it would bankrupt them.  Until then parents have to foot the bill.  Ask the families of the Gardasil girls, or Autistic children – they will be glad to tell you horror stories of their financial hell.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.