How Can WIC assist my patients?
WIC provides healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding support, and nutrition education to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to the age of 5. If a mother decides to breastfeed partially or not to breastfeed, WIC provides infant formula. WIC also provides medical formulas for infants and children with a qualifying condition.
How can a special formula be prescribed for a patient with WIC benefits?
Specialty formulas may be provided by Nebraska WIC if a physician diagnoses a medical condition that warrants one. A list of Nebraska WIC approved formulas is found on this website. The Physician Authorization Form must be completed and furnished to the local WIC clinic. It is available on this website and must include:
- The qualifying medical condition/medical diagnosis
- Name of formula prescribed and amount prescribed per day
- Length of time needed
- Indication of supplemental food restrictions and contraindications
- Signature of health care professional and contact information
Does Nebraska WIC issue non-contract milk and soy based formulas?
Nebraska WIC does not provide non-contract milk or non-contract soy based formulas, such as Similac Sensitive or Good Start Gentle Plus. Federal WIC regulations require that states have a rebate contract with one formula manufacturer. This saves money and allows more participants to be served by the WIC program. Nebraska currently has a rebate contract with Mead Johnson.