Cancer Vaccine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State legislators have tentatively approved a measure that would require all health insurance companies to pay for shots for their patients after doctors testified the vaccine works, preventing cervical cancer.

Doctor Ned Colange, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told lawmakers a vaccine made by Merck is cost effective, at a cost of about $300. He 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.

Representative Bernie Buescher, a Democrat from Grand Junction, said he sponsored the bill after his eldest daughter, a medical student, told him all the young women she was treating were suffering from cervical cancer.

Buescher said, "She told me in tears most of them would not live out the summer."

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