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posted on October 04, 2012 15:52

On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that the state will contribute funding to the budget of the Idaho Immunization Program to ensure that children covered by TRICARE remain eligible for state-supplied vaccine.

TRICARE-insured children younger than 19 can be vaccinated using state-supplied vaccine. See the current notice from the Idaho Immunization Program here.

The funding that the Governor has identified will cover TRICARE vaccinations through the end of this state fiscal year, June 30, 2013.  During the next several months, staff from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will be working with a wide group of stakeholders, including the Idaho Childhood Immunization Policy Commission, the Idaho Department of Insurance, the Idaho Immunization Assessment Board, the Governor’s office, the Idaho Immunization Coalition, and federal partners to develop a long-term solution to keep TRICARE-insured children eligible for State-supplied vaccine in subsequent years. Read Gov. Otter’s letter to Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs here.

“We’re delighted that the governor has found a temporary solution for Idaho’s military families, and we look forward to working with TRICARE and our federal partners to ensure a successful long-term solution,” said Richard Armstrong, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Contact:  Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer
(208) 334-0693