Health insurance companies in Oregon are required to cover HPV vaccine
What great news! Oregonlive.com posted an article last night that a bill was just passed in the Oregon legislature stating that health insurance companies are required to pay for HPV (cervical cancer prevention) vaccines for young girls and women. This vaccine, called “Gardasil,” prevents against four strains of HPV and is most effective when administered before girls become sexually active. HPV can lead to cancers in the cervix (cervical cancer) and also the vulva, vagina, and anus in women. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. The American Social Health Association reports that about 75-80% of sexually active Americans will be infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime.
The bill was passed by the House 40-17, after going through the Senate at a vote of 21-6. Oregon House Representative “Carolyn Tomei, D-Milwauki, noted after the bill was passed that:
It’s a hard cancer to detect. It’s a hard cancer to treat. Certainly, we don’t want our daughters and granddaughters to be in danger of getting this very serious and deadly cancer.
To read more about House Bill 2794 that was just passed to require health insurance companies to cover HPV vaccinations, click here.
Thanks to Erik J. for the link.