Lawmakers Debate Cervical Cancer Vaccine Bill

A Nevada Senate panel has been urged to approve a bill that would require certain Nevada health plans to cover Gardasil, a vaccine proven to prevent cervical cancer.

Pat Elzy of Planned Parenthood in Reno told the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee that providing the vaccination is ``significantly better than having to pay for the cost of the disease.''

The bill is opposed by Nevadans for Affordable Health Care and the Nevada Association of Health Plans. Both organizations oppose state mandates, saying they traditionally hurt smaller businesses.