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Wisconsin health agency says it’s committed to vaccines

FILE - In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a...
FILE - In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. Microsoft says state-backed Russian and North Korean hackers have in recent months tried to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and COVID-19 vaccine researchers.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 2:22 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The leader of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is assuring Republican lawmakers that the agency is committed to expanding the popular SeniorCare program to cover vaccines as required under a state law passed in April as part of a coronavirus relief package.

Agency secretary Andrea Palm responded in a letter released Thursday to concerns raised earlier this month by the then-co chairs of the Legislature’s budget committee.

They questioned why vaccine coverage had not been added to SeniorCare more than six months after the law required it.

Palm says that federal approval of changes needed to enact the law had been requested and is pending.

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