Immunization Safety and Right of Refusal Act SF238

Sub Committee Members to contact asking them to support this bill

All 3 can be reached at the senate switchboard: 515-281-3371

Tom Greene
Tom.green@legis.iowa.gov

Joe Bolkcom
Joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

Jim Carlin
Jim.carlin@legis.iowa.gov

Right to Object

  • Employees and students studying to work in health care are being fired or denied graduation from their programs because they will not receive a vaccination, especially the flu shot. Iowans need protection from this form of workplace discrimination and infringement of their personal liberties.
  • Many Iowans who do not follow the CDC vaccine schedule are being denied treatment and permitted from visiting their doctor’s office. This is a large and growing problem, especially in the pediatric community. Informed consent is the cornerstone of medicine and all vaccines carry the risk of injury and death. Patients therefore should not be penalized for delaying or declining a vaccine. All Iowans should have access to quality health care regardless of vaccination status.

Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing Informed Consent

  • Physicians and other licensed health care professionals are often concerned to write medical exemptions to vaccination requirements or allow a patient to delay or decline a vaccine due to potential penalty, discrimination, or reprimand by the medical board or other professional associations. They may have sincere concerns about the safety or necessity of a vaccine for a particular patient, or have moral or religious objections to giving some of the vaccines, but fear repercussions to their license or practice.
  • There is also a growing issue of physicians or other licensed practitioners who administer vaccines and rarely inform their patients about the potential risks or reactions that can occur with vaccination. They do not go over the listed potential side effects on the vaccine insert, therefore, they are not providing true informed consent.

Prohibiting Use of Immunization Status by Insurers and Rating Agencies

  • Insurance companies are using patients’ immunization status as a determining factor for reimbursement, incentive bonuses, or as a basis for terminating or altering the contract with health care providers. Some insurance companies even offer incentives to health care providers for keeping their patient vaccination rates high. If the health care provider does not meet the desired rate they forfeit a lucrative bonus. These incentives have encouraged providers and clinics to dismiss and deny service to families who are not completely compliant with the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule.
  • Insurance plans using vaccination rates as performance measures are dropping policy-holders in order to get a higher overall rating. Policyholders who have vaccine safety concerns or families who do not choose all of the CDC’s recommended vaccinations for their children are harassed or denied coverage. 2016-BCN-BCBSM-Incentive-Program-Booklet

Iowa Immunization Exemptions Bill SF239

Sub Committee Members to contact asking them to support this bill


All 3 can be reached at the senate switchboard: 515-281-3371


Tom Greene
Tom.greene@legis.iowa.gov

Jim Carlin
Jim.carlin@legis.iowa.gov

Herman Quirmbach
Herman.quirmbach@legis.iowa.gov

Medical

  • The existing medical exemption limits doctors from providing an exemption based on the doctor knowing a vaccine would cause harm due to previous reactions, rather than if the vaccine could cause harm based on the patients’ medical history or other unique health conditions.  

Religious

  • According to the First Amendment of the constitution, a person is free to practice and hold religious beliefs.  There is not a single line that dictates an individual needs to identify a specific tenet or religious denomination, as the current religious exemption states.
  • The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from promoting one religion over another and it also forbids restricting an individual’s religious practices. *https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment
  • The Free Exercise Clause reserves the right of American citizens to accept any religious belief and engage in religious rituals. The Free Exercise Clause protects not just religious beliefs but also actions made on behalf of those beliefs.    


Conscientious

  • In the event an individual determines a change in their family’s vaccination schedule is necessary or appropriate, they should have the right to oppose government health officials that intimidate, coerce, and threaten them into violating their conscientious beliefs.   
  • Informed Consent has become a central, ethical principle in the practice of modern medicine. Informed consent is applied to medical interventions which involve the risk of injury or death and  vaccinations do pose such risk as is evident by the $4 billion paid out by the Vaccine Injury Compensation program.Implicit with informed consent is the right to refuse a medical treatment due to personal, spiritual, or medical reasons.

                                *https://www.nvic.org/cmstemplates/nvic/pdf/downloads/the-moral-right-to-conscientious-vaccine-exemption.pdf

                                *https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/vaccine-compensation/data/monthly-stats-january-2019.pdf

Immunization Informed Consent Protection Act HF246

Right to Object

  • Employees and students studying to work in health care are being fired or denied graduation from their programs because they will not receive a vaccination, especially the flu shot.  Iowans need protection from this form of workplace discrimination and infringement of their personal liberties.
  • Many Iowans who do not follow the CDC vaccine schedule are being denied treatment and permitted from visiting their doctor’s office or are being forced to sign a liability waiver.  This is a large and growing problem, especially in the pediatric community. Informed consent is the cornerstone of medicine and all vaccines carry the risk of injury and death. Patients therefore should not be penalized for delaying or declining a vaccine. All Iowans should have access to quality health care regardless of vaccination status.
  • DHS cannot initiate a child abuse investigation based solely on immunization status.

Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing Informed Consent

  • Physicians and other licensed health care professionals are often concerned to write medical exemptions to vaccination requirements or allow a patient to delay or decline a vaccine due to potential penalty, discrimination, or reprimand by the medical board or other professional associations.  They may have sincere concerns about the safety or necessity of a vaccine for a particular patient, or have moral or religious objections to giving some of the vaccines, but fear repercussions to their license or practice.
  • There is also a growing issue of physicians or other licensed practitioners who administer vaccines and rarely inform their patients about the potential risks or reactions that can occur with vaccination. They do not go over the listed potential side effects on the vaccine insert, therefore, they are not providing true informed consent.
  • Physicians or other licensed practitioners also very rarely report vaccine reactions, despite federal law mandating they report them. Sometimes they do not even record the basic identifying information about the vaccine administered in the person’s chart, which is also required by federal law.  Physicians want immunity from liability but they are not acting responsibly when they fail to provide true informed consent or report adverse reactions.
  • The Department of Health, Providers, Hospitals, and facilities must have the Patients’ Rights contained in this Act published on the internet and readily accessible to patients and guardians.

Prohibiting Use of Immunization Status by Insurers and Rating Agencies

  • Insurance companies are using patients’ immunization status as a determining factor for reimbursement, incentive bonuses, or as a basis for terminating or altering the contract with health care providers.  Some insurance companies even offer incentives to health care providers for keeping their patient vaccination rates high. If the health care provider does not meet the desired rate they forfeit a lucrative bonus. These incentives have encouraged providers and clinics to dismiss and deny service to families who are not completely compliant with the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedule.   
  • Insurance plans using vaccination rates as performance measures are dropping policyholders in order to get a higher overall rating.  Policyholders who have vaccine safety concerns or families who do not choose all of the CDC’s recommended vaccinations for their children are harassed or denied coverage.

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