Great news for food allergy families! I just found out that the Maryland House Bill 578, requiring health insurance coverage for amino acid-based elemental formula, was signed at 10:00am yesterday by Governor Martin O’Malley (D). Essentially, this bill requires insurance companies in Maryland to reimburse families for amino acid-based elemental formulas, like Neocate, that are medically necessary for the “diagnosis and treatment of certain allergies, syndromes, and conditions.”
The coverage of amino acid-based formulas will be available to all policies, contracts and health benefit plans issued, delivered or renewed in Maryland on or after October 1, 2008.
Similar legislation has already been passed in the following states: Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York. Click here to view a copy of each state's legislation.
If you don’t live in one of the above states and are interested in finding out how you can help get legislation passed it your state, visit Children’s Magic.
I expect this will provide a lot of much-needed relief for many Maryland food allergy families. Hopefully, more states will follow with similar legislation.
Next post: National Eosinophilic Awareness Week