The Pennsylvania House unanimously passed a bill this week extending insurance coverage of amino-acid-based liquid nutrition formulas to children with severe food allergies.
The sponsor, Rep. Daniel Truitt (R., Chester), said he hoped for Senate passage in the fall.
An estimated 450 infants and children in Pennsylvania cannot eat conventional foods because of food-protein allergies. They require the elemental liquid formulas, which must be prescribed by a physician and cost about $5,000 a year.
The formulas are covered by the state's Medical Assistance program for eligible low-income residents. Since 1996, state law has required private insurance coverage of the formulas to treat inherited metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria.