A House subcommittee may eliminate the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program and incorporate its funding into a Medicaid state block grant proposal currently under consideration.

If the VFC program is eliminated, the states would have to negotiate their own vaccine price contract. Currently, the federal government negotiates the contract with the vaccine manufacturers. The demise of the federal contract also would prevent states from becoming "universal purchase states," that is, states which purchase additional vaccines at the low federal contract price to immunize under-insured children.

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