Current as of: 2009
(a) Beginning in the fiscal year 2007, each insurer licensed or regulated pursuant to the provisions of chapters 18, 19, 20, and 41 of title 27 shall be assessed a child immunization assessment and an adult immunization assessment for the purposes set forth in this section. The department of health shall make available to each insurer, upon its request, information regarding the department of health's immunization programs and the costs related to the program. Further, the department of health shall submit to the general assembly an annual report on the immunization programs and cost related to the programs, on or before February 1 of each year. Annual assessments shall be based on direct premiums written in the year prior to the assessment and for the child immunization program shall not include any Medicare Supplement Policy (as defined in Â§ 27-18.2-1(g)), Medicaid or Medicare premiums. Adult influenza immunization program annual assessments shall include contributions related to the program costs from Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care. As to accident and sickness insurance, the direct premium written shall include, but is not limited to, group, blanket, and individual policies. Those insurers assessed greater than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the year shall be assessed four (4) quarterly payments of twenty-five percent (25%) of their total assessment. Beginning July 1, 2001, the annual rate of assessment shall be determined by the director of health in concurrence with the primary payors, those being insurers assessed at greater than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for the previous year. This rate shall be calculated by the projected costs for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended and state mandated vaccines after the federal share has been determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The primary payors shall be informed of any recommended change in rates at least six (6) months in advance, and rates shall be adjusted no more frequently than one time annually. For the childhood vaccine program the director of the department of health shall deposit these amounts in the "childhood immunization account". These assessments shall be used solely for the purposes of the "childhood immunization programs" and no other. For the adult immunization program the director of the department of health shall deposit these amounts in the "adult immunization account".
(b) Any funds collected in excess of funds needed to carry-out ACIP recommendations shall be deducted from the subsequent year's assessments.
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