Every year tens of millions of low-income, uninsured adults remain without access to life-saving Vaccines. A safety net for this population is critically important.
Welcome to the 317 Coalition! CDC estimates that vaccination of children born between 1994 and 2013 will prevent 322 million illnesses and help avoid 732,000 deaths. Still, approximately 43,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases and their complications.
The 317 Coalition advocates for increasing the federal funding for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly known as "Section 317" of the Public Health Service Act. Section 317 provides a safety net program of grants to states to immunize underserved populations, such as underinsured adults who have no other means to pay for vaccinations. Additionally, the 317 program serves as a backbone for the nation's public health infrastructure by monitoring coverage, targeting specific populations and helping providers and the public make informed decisions. Our updated issue brief outlines the priorities of the Program. Learn More.
Dear Colleague Letter: Click here to read the Dear Colleague letter addressed to LHHS Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray. The letter was led by Senator Jack Reed and was signed by 28 other Members.
Prevention and Public Health Fund Letter: The Coalition has written a letter to the House and Senate Leaders to request their continued support for the Section 317 Program. Currently at least 45% of the 317 Program is funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which could be at risk with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Read the letter here.