ILLINOIS (WCIA) — More than 100,000 kids are at risk of infection. Without state funds, doctors are unable to provide vaccines to children insured through Medicaid Title 21.
Right now, some healthcare providers around the state say they can’t afford to wait to be reimbursed and vaccines are expensive.
Instead, physicians are referring patients elsewhere, but there’s no guarantee children are getting the help they need.
Doctors say the impact is putting the entire public at risk. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the backlog for some providers has gotten so bad, they’ve stopped providing immunizations altogether.