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Despite receiving more than $1 million in recent weeks for vaccines it purchased for privately insured children, the state Health Department is still owed more than $860,000 for past-due invoices and some doctors continue to tell parents they don’t have the necessary vaccines to immunize their children.
Legislation in 2015 created a mechanism to cover the cost of the vaccines by making it mandatory for companies that insure the children to reimburse the Health Department for the expense. But there’s been a delay in many of those companies making their payments.
Information provided by Health Department spokesman Kenny Vigil shows that around 250 invoices sent out Sept. 1 totaling $264,657 remain unpaid. And bills outstanding from invoices sent out Dec. 1 total $597,277. Invoices range from more than $44,000 billed to Bernalillo County to small bills for around $30, which are owed by companies that insure one or more individuals.