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Better off uninsured?

August 13, 2007|From Times wire reports

For children whose health insurance doesn't cover newly recommended shots, it's better to have no insurance at all, a new study suggests.

Free vaccines are available to children who are uninsured or qualify for public insurance. But many states don't help children who have inadequate private insurance, the study found.

Illinois, for example, doesn't provide chickenpox, pneumonia, hepatitis A, human papillomavirus or rotavirus vaccines to kids with insufficient private insurance. The out-of-pocket cost for those vaccines would be $400. The study was in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.

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