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October 4, 2010

Re:  Funding available to municipalities for Hepatitis Inoculation of public safety responders

Dear Mayor:

The Department of Health and Senior Services is pleased to announce that funds are available from the Hepatitis Inoculation Fund for the reimbursement of costs of hepatitis B inoculations for certain emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers.

Each municipality may receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for the cost of protecting its emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers against hepatitis B.  Under the adopted rules, first preference will be given to municipalities with volunteer EMTs and volunteer firefighters.  Second priority will be given to municipalities with a combined total of fewer than 100 EMTs, firefighters and police officers. Finally, municipalities with more than 100 emergency services workers will receive funding.

To ensure equal access to the available money, the Department may assign applicants a number and hold a lottery to determine in what order municipalities receive funding.

If your municipality is interested in applying for the reimbursable costs for hepatitis B vaccinations, the following will be required in a letter format:

1) The name of the municipality, along with address, contact person and phone
number on municipal stationary.

2) The total amount expended for the inoculations in each of the individuals
specified below (Number #3).

3) The total composition of the municipality’s emergency services personnel
including:

a. Number of volunteer emergency medical technicians - ambulance
b. Number of volunteer firefighters
c. Number of paid EMTs - ambulance
d. Number of paid firefighters
e. Number of police officers

4) The total amount sought for reimbursement including actual costs incurred for
inoculations of each individual specified in number 3, and the cost of fees for
professional medical services for administration of the vaccine.

5) A statement certifying that the reimbursement applied for represents actual costs
incurred and that such costs are not eligible for coverage and have not been covered
through any other source, nor has the cost for each individual been reimbursed by
these funds in the past.

Please send your application to:

Mr. Howard Cohen
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Post Office Box 369
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0369

All applications must be postmarked by October 8, 2010. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call Mr. Cohen at (609) 633-8725.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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