AP IMPACT: 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 1:24 PM
AP IMPACT: 'Vaccine court' keeps claimants waiting

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that a system Congress established to speed help to Americans harmed by vaccines has instead heaped additional suffering on thousands of families.

The premise was simple: quickly and generously pay for medical care in the rare cases when a shot to prevent a sickness such as flu or measles instead is the likely cause of serious health complications.

But the system is not working as intended.

For example, cases in what is known as vaccine court are supposed to be resolved within 240 days, with options for another 150 days of extensions. An AP analysis found that less than 7 percent of 7,876 claims not involving autism met the 240-day target.