One mandate alone won't do
Roanoke Times editorial
If Virginia can require the HPV vaccine, the state can require insurance companies to pay for it. The Virginia General Assembly and Gov. Tim Kaine this year decided it was imperative for the state to mandate that adolescent girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
Sixth-grade girls must get the $390 three-shot human papillomavirus vaccine, just as students are required to get measles vaccinations and DTP shots, although Virginia parents may opt out the program without giving a reason.
Last week, the state Special Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits voted against requiring insurance companies to cover the vaccine.
Mandating an expensive vaccine approved by the FDA only a little more than a year ago is OK, but mandating that insurance companies provide coverage for it is not? (link)
If I were one of the boys at the Roanoke Times, I'd be attacking the state mandate first. As everyone knows (well, gynecologists have known all along; it's us normal folk who have learned in recent months), vulvar cancers brought about by HPV are so rare as to make the study thereof extremely difficult (read up on it here, go to section entitled EPIDEMIOLOGY). Key word being rare.
Despite that, the commonwealth of Virginia is now demanding that little girls obtain an HPV vaccine, which can be extremely expensive (for either parents, taxpayers, or insurance companies), and comes with a good bit of risk of its own to a child's health (see "Judicial Watch Uncovers Three Deaths Relating To HPV Vaccine"), making the cure perhaps as deadly as the disease.
But to my point: Health insurance companies will be more than willing to cover HPV vaccines if the state mandates it (the need for it notwithstanding). Their bean counters will put pencil to paper and figure out what your increased monthly premium will be. It's that simple. And it works that way. Always. They ain't Goodwill.
1) The Times demands that the government require insurance companies to pay for this vaccine.
2) The government so mandates.
3) The insurance companies comply.
4) Already costly health insurance premiums climb.
5) The Times bitches about the high cost of health care coverage.
As I've said before, this is the "Lexus-in-every-garage" mentality when it comes to health care. If the cure exists, by God the insurance companies are going to cover it. Thus our monthly insurance premiums are becoming more expensive than ... that Ford Focus in the garage.
I'm not all that bright, but I have to believe there's something else for us to do.