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

May 12, 2016

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.”

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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.


Children’s Milk Allergy and Gastrointestinal Coalition U.S. (MAGIC)
Kaycee Childress
Executive Director