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Anti-vaxxer bill could cost AHCCCS providers up to $23 million per year

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By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

When it comes to proposed legislation that would require doctors to provide parents with voluminous amounts of information about the vaccines offered to their children, legislative budget analysts say time is money.

An analysis performed by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee determined that House Bill 2471 would cost health care providers $16.4 million to $23.5 million per year by extending doctor’s office visits involving vaccinations from between 30 to 74 minutes. JLBC said that figure is based on the number of vaccines given in 2017, along with data from the Pew Research Center on the percentage of people who believe vaccines are unsafe or are unsure about their safety, which led legislative number crunchers to assume that 16 to 23 percent of immunization visits would be extended.

JLBC described the estimate as “highly speculative,” and said it could be significantly less.

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