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Kuster’s Bipartisan Bills To Lower Vaccine Costs for Seniors, Bolster Vaccination Infrastructure Pass Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee

**The full Subcommittee markup is available HERE**

**Rep. Kuster’s full remarks are available HERE**

 

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), participated in an Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee markup where she helped to advance two bipartisan bills that she has introduced, H.R. 550, the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act, and H.R. 1978, the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act. Both pieces of legislation are co-sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-IN).

 

“Today in the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, I was proud to help advance two crucial bipartisan bills that I introduced earlier this year to lower out-of-pocket costs for seniors in Medicare Part D and improve our nation's vaccine infrastructure,” said Rep. Kuster. “From ensuring immunizations are available without out-of-pocket costs for seniors, to strengthening our vaccine infrastructure, this legislation builds off of lessons learned during the COVID-19 public health crisis. I look forward to continuing my bipartisan work on these important bills, and I will continue working to protect the health of our communities and expand access to preventive care including vaccines.”

 

Today the Subcommittee voted in favor of Rep. Kuster’s bipartisan:

 

  • Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act: to improve and expand information-sharing between state and federal governments, as well as public and private health care providers, to ensure vaccines are being administered effectively and efficiently across all states and territories.
  • Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act: to ensure equal access to vaccinations for Medicare recipients. Immunization coverage currently varies by vaccine under Medicare, and this legislation would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to all recommended vaccines at no additional cost, including shingles and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap). 

 

In Congress, Rep. Kuster is working to ensure public health officials have the support and resources they need to keep communities in New Hampshire and across the country safe. Earlier this year, she introduced the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act to improve and expand information-sharing between state and federal governments, as well as public and private health care providers, to ensure vaccines are being administered effectively and efficiently across all states and territories. Also this year, Kuster reintroduced the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 to eliminate out-of-pocket costs for CDC-recommended vaccines covered under Medicare Part D and level the playing field so that seniors pay the same as Americans with private insurance plans.

 

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