March 30, 2018 03:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The West Virginia State Legislature passed passed SB 299 on a bipartisan vote; with Gov. Jim Justice’s signature, the legislation is expected to take effect January. 2019.
West Virginia joins a growing list of twenty-one states that have elemental formula coverage, supporting families whose children need medical nutrition to survive, thrive and develop properly. Colorado was the most recent state to cover the formulas in 2016.
Children’s MAGIC U.S. and a passionate coalition of parents, doctors and other nonprofits were instrumental in achieving legislation in West Virginia. This coalition has been on the front lines in fifteen of the states with medical nutrition mandates. The full list follows: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.
Children’s Magic would also like to thank the following West Virginia Legislators for their efforts on behalf of this landmark legislation: Del. Amy Summers, Del. Brent Boggs, Del. Carol Miller, Del. Issac Sponaugle, Del. Kelli Sobonya, Del. Mick Bates, Del. Steve Westfall, Del. Eric Nelson, Del. Bill Hamilton, Sen. Ed Gaunch and Sen Craig Blair.
Key support in MAGIC’s West Virginia efforts came from partners American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED), International FPIES Association and Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance; and parents of children requiring medical nutrition, who selflessly offered testimony, facilitated grassroots campaigns and assisted MAGIC’s legislative efforts.
With an estimated 1 million-plus individuals affected by conditions that can necessitate medical nutrition, we are thrilled the West Virginia has joined us in protecting and feeding these special beautiful children.
For more information visit www.cmnua.org and www.childrensmagic.org.
Children’s Milk Allergy and Gastrointestinal Coalition U.S. (MAGIC) is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that lobbies on a state level in support of legislation mandating healthcare coverage and reimbursement of elemental formulas for children unable to consume a natural, life-sustaining diet.
Children’s Milk Allergy and Gastrointestinal Coalition U.S. (MAGIC)