Federal Section 317 funds are provided to each state to expand immunization services into other underserved populations. In Oregon, Section 317 funds are used to provide vaccines to children who are neither VFC-eligible nor fully insured, and to some uninsured adults.
Policy Change for 317
Unlike VFC, Section 317 funds are very limited, and not all vaccines are covered through 317 for all people. Section 317 funds are only available to public clinics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently notified states of an upcoming change in federally purchased 317 vaccine policy scheduled to begin October 1, 2012. The Oregon Immunization Program (OIP) has negotiated a transition timeline.
Beginning March 1, 2013:
- Oregon’s local health departments and other public clinics can’t use federally funded Section 317 vaccine for insured people even if the insurance includes an unaffordable deductable or co-pay, and
- OIP will no longer give credits when clinics are paid less than billed.