What does WIC have to do with me as a healthcare provider/clinician?
- WIC can give patients nutrition counseling and free nutritious foods at critical periods of growth and development.
- WIC counts on clinicians to provide medical information to women and children at nutritional risk and to refer those identified to WIC services.
- WIC wants to serve every eligible person and appreciates the support received from clinicians and is always open to ways to improve collaboration with you!
How can I help my patients receive WIC benefits?
- Make it routine! Put a WIC brochure in every new-patient packet.
- Mention WIC to everyone. Tell your patients that WIC is a supplemental health and nutrition program and encourage them to call a local WIC program or 1-800-8-NEV-WIC.
- Give your patients a complete Medical Referral Form. This helps WIC identify the medical or nutritional risk factor(s) needed for enrollment.
- Display WIC posters and brochures in your office in the languages your patients speak.
Why does the NV WIC Program only allow the use of certain infant formula?
Nevada WIC entered into an agreement with Abbott Laboratories (Ross Products Division) and Mead-Johnson to provide the following standard formulas; Similac Advance, Similac Sensitive, Similac Sensitive for Spit-Up, and Enfamil Prosobee for WIC participants. Nevada WIC cannot provide the following formulas, even with medical documentation: Enfamil Newborn, Enfamil Infant, Enfamil A.R., Gentlease Lipil, Similac Soy Isomil, Gerber Good Start Protect and Gerber Good Start Soy. These agreements are part of a federally mandated cost containment system. It provides a savings to the Nevada WIC Program. This savings allows the Nevada WIC Program to serve additional case load with the WIC grant. In accordance with federal regulations, WIC-eligible formulas are mainly issued in powdered forms. The issuance of a ready-to-feed formula is limited to exceptions when there is an unsanitary or restricted water supply, there is poor refrigeration, the infant caretaker may have difficulty in correctly diluting a concentrated liquid or powdered product, or the product is available in only a ready-to-feed form. All special ordered infant formulas require an MD to complete the WIC medical documentation form for issuance and as earlier stated may not be provided solely based on preference. Medical documentation form must be signed by authorizing physician.
How can a special formula be prescribed for a WIC participant?
A WIC participant who is prescribed any formula other than Similac Advance, and Enfamil Prosobee must have a completed WIC medical documentation form. It must include the participant’s name, diagnosis, formula prescribed, and original signature/date. The form may either be returned to the participant to give to WIC staff or faxed directly to the WIC clinic. If you do not see the formula you’re looking for on the Medical Food Breakdown, you can check WIC Works to see if it’s WIC approved. Select Formula Database to search.
Why does the Nevada WIC Program not allow cow’s milk for WIC participants until one year of age?
The Nevada WIC Program does not allow cow’s milk before the age of one. The Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the consumption of breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula, along with age-appropriate solid foods and juices, during the first twelve months of life. The AAP recommends that whole cow’s milk and low-iron formulas not be used during the first year of life (AAP, The Use of Whole Cow’s Milk in Infancy, Pediatrics, 1992, 89:1105-1109). Please visit our food package page for more information on the exciting changes to the WIC food packages.