Friday, February 12, 2016

Bill would ensure insurance coverage of special formula

(AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at helping children who need a special formula due to a chronic immune system disease.

The measure would ensure that insurance companies cover the formula needed by those afflicted with the disease, which prevents them from eating most foods.

House members voted 92-0 Friday to pass the measure.

A similar Senate bill is also winding its way through the General Assembly.

The bills stem from the plight of 9-year-old Noah Greenhill. Early in his life, doctors struggled to diagnose why he was ill and why he weighed only 25 pounds at age 5.

He now receives the special formula four times a day, at a daily cost of more than $40. 

But his family's insurance company has denied coverage for the formula.