Wonderful news for allergy parents in the state of Maine. I just found out that, according to a bill signed by Governor Baldacci on April 11, 2008, insurance coverage is now required for amino acid-based formula like Neocate in Maine!
“An Act To Protect the Health of Infants” requires health insurance carriers doing business in the state of Maine to provide coverage for all medically necessary infant formula in both individual and group policies, contracts and certificates.
The bill applies to all health insurance policies, contracts and certificates enacted on or after January 1, 2008 in Maine.
Under the bill, insurance coverage for amino-acid based elemental infant formula is required for children 2 years of age and under. This is definitely a step in the right direction, but of course we would like all children who need an AAB formula to be covered.
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Currently, there are 9 other states with similar legislation, including Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. As I’ve said before, hopefully many other states will follow with similar legislation.