South Dakota Parents Fight for Reimbursement Legislation

Posted 1.14.10 | Sarah O'Brien

With help from State Representative Todd Schlekeway, a group of families in South Dakota have introduced a new bill that would require insurance companies to cover amino acid-based formulas like Neocate.

Keloland Television in Sioux Falls, South Dakota recently did a story on the bill and shared the story of the Kurtz Family whose two children, Annie and Quincy, both have milk protein allergies. Annie relies on Neocate for the nutrition she needs to survive, and her mother April is eager for the bill to pass so that it can bring some much needed economic relief to her family.

Hopefully South Dakota will pass the bill requiring reimbursement of amino acid-based formulas and join other states like Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Texas, which have passed similar legislation.

If you are interested in introducing reimbursement legislation in your state, please visit the Children’s MAGIC website and download the "Guidebook to Enacting Legislation," which can help you get started.

- Sarah

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