I will be surprised if this news does not provoke some sort of legislative kerfluffle:
Early this summer, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will begin distributing more than 20,000 doses of Gardasil ®, the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, to public and private clinics statewide.Gardasil - and public provision thereof - has sparked debates in numerous other states. I attended a presentation on it earlier this year and was surprised to hear some of the Alaska natives in attendance ask pointed and sharp questions about the vaccine that betrayed a deep skepticism of making it widely available.
The state will pay Gardasil’s cost only for girls age 9 through 18 who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children’s program. The state intends to continue providing all other vaccines currently recommended for children at no charge.
Add to that the fact that there are some social conservatives in Juneau who are likely disappointed their same-sex benefit issue is drying up and are looking for a new issue and you've got the makings of a great issue for folks to huff-and-puff and look self-important on.