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Proposed Senate Bill Requires Care Centers to Give Flu and Pneumonia Shot to Elderly Residents

March 13, 2002
By: Chris Fink
State Capital Bureau
Elderly care center residents will receive flu and pneumonia shots if a proposed senate bill passes.

Chris Fink reports from Jeffereson City.

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OutCue: SOC

St. Louis city senator Harry Kennedy is sponsoring a bill which would require long term, adult day care, and assisted living facilities to offer the shots.

A representative from the the Capitol Health Care Center says they, and many other care centers, already offer the shots to staff and residents.

Under Kennedy's bill, Medicare and Medicaid would pay for the shots.

Actuality:kennedy
RunTime: 12
OutCue: "as an option to them."
Contents: Kennedy says the bill is not designed to burden the care providers, but to protect the seniors.

So far, no one has raised opposition to the bill.

It goes before the Public Health committee next Wednesday

From Jefferson City, Chris Fink.