For Medical Providers
May 22, 2023
Effective 4/30/23, CT WIC will no longer provide larger sizes of Similac products.
Standard infant formula availability is returning to normal levels and formula can now be found in most CT WIC approved stores. During the formula shortage we were able to provide brands/substitutes other than Similac to families unable to find their needed formula however these temporary flexibilities are ending.
Effective 2/28/23 all WIC participants using standard formula will only be able to purchase Similac products.
If you have questions regarding this change or difficulty finding standard formula in your area, please contact your local WIC office.
For a complete list of WIC Approved Contract and Specialized Formulas and Medical Foods, click HERE.
For more information about WIC Formula Resources, click HERE.
Partnering with the WIC Program for Positive Health Outcomes
Partnerships with Medical Providers are critical to the success of the WIC Program. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is a nutrition assistance program created to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age five. WIC Participants must have a nutritional risk to be eligible. Professional WIC staff conduct a nutritional assessment and provide relevant nutrition and health education, referrals to health care and social service program and prescribe checks for nutritious foods to supplement participant diets.
We hope this Medical Providers page helps you better understand the Connecticut WIC Program and will improve coordination of your patients’ care with our professional nutrition staff at the local WIC agency.
A series of WIC Fast Facts Flyers for Health Care Professionals about the program were developed to answer common questions health care providers may have about WIC:
Why do I need to complete a WIC Certification Form?
One way in which WIC safeguards the health of its participants is to ensure WIC participants receive ongoing health care. When you, as the health care provider complete the WIC Certification Form, key information is provided to the WIC nutrition professional about the overall, health and medical history of your patient. This information assists the WIC nutritionist in conducting a nutrition assessment, providing relevant education and determining an appropriate food package. Both the Referring Women to WIC in the 1st Trimester and Help Your Patients Stick with WIC until Age 5 Fast Facts flyers provides more detail on WIC eligibility requirements.
Below are links to the WIC Certification Forms and guidance on how to complete the forms correctly.
Breastfed Babies are Welcome Here
As recommended by the As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, the Connecticut WIC Program promotes breastfeeding as the normal and optimal method to feed infants for at least the first year of life with a special emphasis on the health benefits derived from exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, the Connecticut WIC Program promotes breastfeeding as the normal and optimal method to feed infants for at least the first year of life with a special emphasis on the health benefits derived from exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months.
WIC does its part to promote breastfeeding and support breastfeeding mothers and babies by providing:
Competency based breastfeeding training for its staff of nutrition professionals
Individualized prenatal breastfeeding education, with emphasis on exclusive breastfeeding
Individualized postpartum support for common lactation issues i.e. strategies for comfortable latch, assessment of sufficient infant intake and output, plan for return to work i.e. use of breast pump.
Referrals for clinical lactation problems to health care provider, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant associated with a pediatric practice and/or hospital breastfeeding support groups.
What brand of infant formula does WIC Provide?
In order to contain program costs, the WIC Program is required to bid for standard infant formula.
Effective October 1, 2021, the Connecticut WIC Program contract for standard formulas continues to be Abbott Laboratories® Similac® Advance® or Similac® Isomil® Soy for healthy infants from birth to twelve months of age; whose mothers choose not to breastfeed or partially breastfeed or for whom breastfeeding is medically contraindicated. Similac® Advance® and Similac® Isomil® Soy both provide 20 kcal/fl oz. at standard dilution.
WIC also provides
alternative Abbott Laboratories® standard formulas including Similac Sensitive®
and Similac Total Comfort®. Both formulas provide 20 kcal/ fl. oz at standard
Effective December 1, 2022, Similac for Spit-Up® has been discontinued by the manufacturer and will no longer be available through the Connecticut WIC Program. The Connecticut WIC Program will offer Enfamil AR® for those participants that were prescribed Similac for Spit-Up®. Enfamil AR® will require an ICD-10 code and medical documentation from the health care provider.
For those participants with an appropriate and documented nutrition related ICD-10 code medical diagnosis, WIC provides special/exempt formulas, such as hypoallergenic, hyper caloric, elemental, and metabolic formulas.
Although small differences in protein, fat, and carbohydrate exist among all standard formulas, there are no medically proven advantages of any particular brand name formula over another. While parents/guardians or health care providers may have a personal preference for a particular brand of formula, funding constraints and WIC regulations limit the issuance of non-contract, special/exempt formulas only to participants with qualifying or serious medical conditions.
HUSKY as Primary Payor Special/Exempt Formulas for patients Dually Enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid and WIC
Effective December 1, 2021, HUSKY/Medicaid is the primary payor for special/exempt formulas prescribed to participants dually enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid and the WIC Program. WIC participants (women, infants, and children) receiving special/exempt formula through HUSKY/Medicaid are still eligible to receive WIC benefits (nutrition assessment and education, breastfeeding support, referrals to health and social service programs), and other eligible WIC approved foods.
Please review the Special Formula Coverage Letter and Instructions for Completion of the WIC Medical Documentation Form for more details on this change to the special/exempt formula process for participants dually enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid and WIC.
WIC requires a completed WIC Medical Documentation Form including an ICD-10 code to coordinate care. WIC professional staff is required to contact the prescribing physician if there are questions or more clarification is needed.
Women, Infants or Children with Medical Conditions that Require Special or Exempt Formula that are not dually enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid and WIC
For WIC participants not enrolled in HUSKY/Medicaid, WIC will continue to provide special/exempt formulas, such as hypoallergenic hypercaloric, elemental, and metabolic infant formulas with an appropriate nutrition related ICD code medical diagnosis. Please review the Special Formula Coverage Letter to provide further assistance to coordinate the care for your patients.
For a listing of special/exempt formulas provided in Connecticut, please review the Approved Contract and Specialized Formulas-Medical Food Listing June 2023. For additional information regarding Connecticut formulas, please see the Formula Resources webpage.
If your patient requires a special/exempt formula and does NOT have HUSKY/Medicaid:
Complete a WIC Medical Documentation Form including an ICD code to authorize the use of the product. WIC professional staff is required to contact the prescribing physician if there are questions or more clarification is needed.