Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee moved Tuesday to stall a White House proposal to require insurance companies to cover medical care that includes vaccinations for children.
The House GOP pushed the legislation in an attempt to use it as a legislative vehicle to prevent Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper from enacting a similar law requiring insurers to cover vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The House GOP measure must pass by the end of the year before being brought before the Senate, which already passed a bill making it difficult for federal health officials to cut costs by requiring children to get vaccinated before enrolling in school.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), the Energy and Commerce subcommittee chairman behind the legislation, argued that requiring insurance companies to cover the medically necessary vaccines is necessary given how strongly President Donald Trump supports their use.
The FDA is set to begin issuing agency-wide rules Tuesday to standardize the National Immunization Schedule. The NIS determines the recommended and recommended levels of vaccinations for children and adults. The bill puts on hold the expected rollout of the new regulations.