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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 000-U7VTP-00; State of Washington Department of Health
PW ID# 1198; Vaccines
Citation: FEMA-1734-DR-WA, State of Washington Department of Health, Vaccines, Project Worksheet (PW) 1198
Reference: Emergency Protective Measures
Summary: Flooding in the State of Washington contaminated drinking water and destroyed water sources, creating public health risks in 12 declared western counties. The State of Washington Department of Health (Applicant) requested $119,026 for the vaccination of disaster victims, emergency workers and personnel living or working in sheltering facilities. However, FEMA determined the costs on PW 1198 ineligible.
The Applicant submitted its first appeal on July 14, 2008, requesting $119,026 for vaccines, needles and syringes for vaccinations provided to disaster workers and affected citizens. The Applicant argued that the vaccinations were eligible under the revised Disaster Assistance Policy DAP9525.4, Emergency Medical Care and Medical Evacuations, dated July 15, 2008. In a letter dated January 12, 2009, the Acting Regional Administrator denied the appeal because the costs requested were not eligible under Response and Recovery Policy 9525.4, Medical Care and Evacuations, dated August 17, 1999, the policy in effect at the time of the disaster.
The Applicant submitted its second appeal on March 16, 2009, re-asserting that Response and Recovery Policy 9525.4, Medical Care and Evacuations, dated August 17, 1999, did not apply to the Applicant because the Applicant provided preventive measures and not medical treatment. The Applicant has not provided any documentation supporting its claim that $119,026 for the vaccines purchased and administered to local health agencies is an eligible medical expense.
Issue: Are the costs of providing vaccines eligible under Response and Recovery Policy 9525.4, Medical Care and Evacuations, dated August 17, 1999?
Rationale: 44 CFR §206.225, Emergency Work; Response and Recovery Policy 9525.4, Medical Care and Evacuations, dated August 17, 1999.