(LANSING) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is implementing a new infant formula rebate contract.
MDHHS officials say the new Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for the Women, Infants and Children, or WIC Program is being done with Abbott Laboratories Inc.
Abbott was awarded the WIC infant formula contract for a five year term, beginning November 1. Starting then, WIC formula benefits will transition from the current Mead Johnson Enfamil product to the nutritionally equivalent Abbott Similac product. The Abbott infant formulas available through the WIC contract will include Similac Advance; Similac Soy Isomil; Similac Total Comfort; Similac for Spit Up and Similac Sensitive.
Engaging in an infant formula rebate contract is an USDA WIC requirement. Michigan's WIC Program receives a rebate from the contracted formula manufacturer on each can of formula provided to WIC infants. The Michigan WIC program serves approximately 50,000 infants each month.
The Infant Formula Rebate allows the WIC Program to enroll more infants, women and children. In addition to breastfeeding support and infant formula, the WIC Program also provides supplemental foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, juice, eggs, cereal, peanut butter and dry beans.
The WIC Program works to ensure the health of pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children by providing nutrition education, nutritious foods, referrals to health and community services and strong support and encouragement for breastfeeding as the optimal nutrition for infants.