- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Pediatricians in New Mexico are turning away patients looking for vaccines because they have run out of supplies provided through the state Department of Health and paid for by private insurance companies.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1OUnE78 ) that legislation last year required private insurers to cover the cost of vaccines. When DOH sent out a $10 million bill, only about $7.2 million in payments came back.

Funding for children covered through federal programs such as Medicaid comes from the federal government.

Previously DOH purchased vaccines for all New Mexico children and distributed them at no cost to medical providers.

DOH spokesman Kenny Vigil says the agency is doing everything it can to make sure providers have what they need to immunize children.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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