Colorado Becomes 20th State to Pass Law Protecting Children Who Need Medical Nutrition to Survive

ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Children’s Milk Allergy and Gastrointestinal Coalition U.S. (MAGIC) is
pleased to announce that as the result of its coalition and lobbying
efforts, Colorado is the 20th state to require private
insurers and Medicaid to cover special formulas for children unable to
consume a natural, life-sustaining diet due to allergies or diseases.
These amino acid-based formulas can cost a family $3,000 to $5,000 a
year or more.

The Colorado State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Dianne
Primavera and Sen. Laura Woods on a bipartisan 27-8 vote May 2; with
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature, the legislation is expected to take
effect Aug. 2016.

Colorado joins a growing list of twenty states that have elemental
formula coverage, supporting families whose children need medical
nutrition to survive, thrive and develop properly. Kentucky was the most
recent state to cover the formulas when Gov. Matt Bevin signed SB 193
into law April 1.

Children’s MAGIC U.S. and a passionate coalition of parents, doctors and
other nonprofits were instrumental in achieving legislation in Colorado
and Kentucky. This coalition has been on the front lines in fourteen of
the states with medical nutrition mandates. The full list follows (MAGIC
coalition states in bold): Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois,
Kentucky, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas and Washington.

Key support in MAGIC’s Colorado efforts came from partners American
Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED), International FPIES
Association and Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance; medical staff at
Colorado Children’s Hospital; 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 delighted that Colorado
joins the list of states supporting these families,” said Children’s
MAGIC U.S. Executive Director Kaycee Childress. “No family should ever
have to choose between paying their power bill and feeding their child.”

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.

Contacts

Children’s Milk Allergy and Gastrointestinal Coalition U.S. (MAGIC)
Kaycee
Childress
Executive Director
301-674-0107
kchildress@cmnua.org