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Opinion: Make Insurers Pay for Immunization Treatment

The recent surge in cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, in California underscores the need for individuals to receive immunization and booster shots and highlights the "chronic under-reimbursement" health care providers receive from health insurers, according to state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) and Bill Mason, chief medical quality officer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The writers endorse AB 2093, which would require insurers to provide sufficient reimbursement for health care providers who administer childhood immunizations.

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