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Barriers to Access: Reforming Medicare Vaccine Coverage

Summary

Avalere experts discuss adult immunization rates in the United States and how the disparate coverage of vaccines under Medicare creates significant barriers to increasing adult immunization uptake.

Adult immunization rates in the United States remain well below Healthy People 2020 targets. The disparate coverage of vaccines under Medicare creates significant barriers to increasing adult immunization uptake. For example, cost sharing under Medicare Part D limits beneficiary access and separation of vaccine coverage across Medicare Parts B and D creates challenges for providers and beneficiaries.

Avalere’s vaccine thought leaders are joined by Cynthia Tudor to discuss:

  • Vaccine access challenges for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Potential reforms to Medicare coverage of vaccines at the legislative and regulatory levels
  • Avalere’s readiness to support immunization stakeholders

Panelists

Moderator
Richard Hughes IV , Vice President, Policy

Richard Hughes IV provides strategic counsel to clients navigating a complex health regulatory and policy environment and leads teams to develop and support client policy and business strategy.

Speaker
Haile Dagne , Manager, Market Access & Reimbursement

Haile Dagne supports clients on market access, product commercialization, and reimbursement strategy.

Speaker
Emily Sobel , Manager, Policy

Emily Sobel provides research and strategic support to health plans and pharmaceutical clients on federal and state health policy activities.

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