Join us in encouraging Kentucky’s federal legislators to VOTE YES on H.R. 1978, the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021.
Barrier-free access to vaccines has never been more important—especially among one of Kentucky’s most vulnerable populations. Right now, we need your support to protect the health of our seniors and their access to life-saving immunizations.
Congress is currently considering legislation that will eliminate costly copays on vaccines and encourage more seniors on Medicare Part D to receive important immunizations. The Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act (H.R. 1978) will remove financial barriers to vaccines and prevent avoidable diseases, which in turn will decrease hospitalizations and improve health outcomes.
Your time to act is running out, as this legislation is making its way through Washington right now. Please visit https://www.kafp.org/vaccines and sign the letter to tell Kentucky’s federal legislators to vote YES.
We also encourage you to visit the KAFP’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyAFP) and share our important messages encouraging passage of the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021.
Take charge and protect seniors now! Thank you for doing your part to improve health outcomes for Kentuckians.
Read the full letter here.
Vaccines are Safe, Effective and Save Lives.
But they only work when people have access to them and choose to take them. The safe development and delivery of vaccines to the public is also an investment in the health, well-being and economic success of our country.
That’s why Kentucky’s family physicians are taking proactive steps to help ensure that our patients, and especially our seniors, are informed about the importance, efficacy and safety of vaccines and can access these lifesaving treatments.
Kentucky’s Family Physicians Play an Important Role in Protecting Public Health.
Family physicians are a cornerstone of our state’s health care system and are committed to the wellbeing of our patients.
We are also frontline health care workers, delivering critical care and treatment to some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable patients every day in communities across the Commonwealth. And we’re here for you in the communities where you live and work.
Why Do Immunizations Matter?
Immunizations are the safest, most effective line of defense against disease for all Kentuckians, and especially for older individuals and those with chronic conditions who are more at risk for adverse effects from vaccine preventable diseases.
By minimizing the spread of dangerous and often deadly diseases, vaccines also help to reduce hospitalizations and other potentially avoidable health care expenses. Vaccines help keep our families safe, our workplaces productive and our kids in school. If you have questions about vaccines or your personal risk for disease, always consult your family physician.
Increasing Access to Vaccines for Kentucky Seniors is Critical for Public Health.
The Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians supports policies that make it easier and more affordable for seniors to access vaccines. That’s why we’re advocating for the Protecting Seniors Through Immunizations Act (HR1978/S912) to ensure seniors covered by Medicare Part D have access to the vaccines they need free of burdensome copays and cost-sharing requirements. Congress is considering this important legislation right now and we need your help to encourage its passage!
Removing financial barriers for seniors will help increase vaccination rates among one of our most vulnerable populations and decrease health care costs for seniors by preventing avoidable diseases. Please join us in encouraging Kentucky’s leaders in Washington, D.C. to support the Protecting Seniors Through Immunizations Act!