WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference to discuss his new legislation to ensure more Americans can receive necessary vaccines, including any future COVID-19 vaccine, at no out-of-pocket cost. Brown’s Helping Adults Protect Immunity Act (HAPI) Act would create parity in vaccine coverage between traditional Medicaid and Medicaid expansion programs. The bill would also provide enhanced federal matching funds for states to better reach at-risk and vulnerable patient populations. Representative Darren Soto (D-FL-9) will introduce companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“This legislation would help us ensure more Americans are able to get the vaccines they need with no out-of-pocket costs, and provide more federal matching funds for states like Ohio to better reach at-risk and vulnerable patients,” said Brown. “When some Americans aren’t able to get the vaccines they need it doesn’t just hurt them – it hurts the whole community. So we have to be ready to go from day one with the federal support needed when a vaccine is approved.”

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