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The Regional Manager and former Director of the Office of Child Care conditionally approved Ohio's Child Care and Development Fund Plan. Among the conditions provided in the approval was “corrective action” to modify the state's current law with regard to exemptions from vaccination requirements. This “corrective action” would have consisted of legislatively eliminating the conscience portion of its exemptions, a portion rooted in the state constitution's protections of religious liberty. PAMFA sent the letter below to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, whose Department is ultimately responsible for the OCC. Medical freedom organizations from numerous states were contacted and co-signed the letter.
ORIGINAL LETTER TO SECRETARY TOM PRICE
After receipt of the letter, the Office of Child Care reviewed and reconsidered the policy, and determined that states should have the flexibility to determine their own exemption policies, and that no state would any longer be subjected to a requirement to alter its exemption policy or limit its exemptions.
RESPONSE FROM HUMAN HEALTH SERVICES