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State Statutes & Regulations on Dietary Treatment of Disorders Identified through Newborn Screening
Individuals with genetic disorders identified through Newborn Screening Programs often require Modified Low Protein Foods (MLPFs), medical foods, dietary supplements, or other dietary treatments as well as enteral feeding supplies. However, because of the wide-ranging funding mechanisms across states, coverage for these categories of products and supplies varies based on type of insurance coverage (e.g., public or private), type of health plan (e.g., individual, group, HMO), and any coverage and/or related services that Title V or other state programs may provide. With support from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, the Catalyst Center has updated a  State Statutes and Regulations on Dietary Treatment of Disorders Identified through Newborn Screening  chart that provides information about state-specific legislation that mandates the coverage of medically necessary foods by employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicaid, and coverage and related services funded by other state programs such as WIC, Title V, or relief funds.
Other news of note:
Webinar: Manage Children with Medical Complexity in Your Practice

Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 1-2 pm CT
Children with medical complexity (CMC) have extensive needs for health services, experience functional limitations, and are high resource utilizers. Addressing the needs of CMC to achieve high-value health care requires optimizing care in the medical home and community. This webinar, hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Children with Disabilities, will describe the population of CMC and provide strategies on how pediatricians can optimize medical and health outcomes for their patients and their families. The discussion will be led by Drs. Dennis Kuo and Amy Houtrow, co-authors of the new AAP clinical report "Recognition and Management of Medical Complexity."
Note: If you are unable to participate in the live webinar, registration is still encouraged. The webinar will be recorded and all registrants receive a link to the webinar recording, slides, and additional resources.
In case you missed it:
Fate of Children's Health Insurance Program Under 115th Congress

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on September 30, 2017. This article from the National Health Law Review examines the importance of this public health benefit for children who do not have access to affordable insurance and whose family income is too high for Medicaid.
About the Catalyst Center
The Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, $473,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the Catalyst Center staff and should not be construed as the official position or policy of nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
LCDR Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA Project  Officer.