AUGUSTA — Legislation to lower the cost of immunizations for Maine children has received final House and Senate approval and been sent to Gov. John Baldacci.

Rep. Gary Connor’s bill would reduce the cost of immunizations by having the state work with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to seek to buy vaccines at the federal rate.

The Kennebunk Democrat says the bill will lead to more children receiving recommended vaccinations and save taxpayers and insurance companies money at the same time.

The cost of the program will be funded by an agreed-upon assessment on health insurance carriers and third-party administrators, who would gain access to reduced federal pricing for childhood vaccines.

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