National WIC Association

July 14, 2021

House Bill Enhances WIC's Critical Services

Today, Reps. Jahana Hayes (D-CT) and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) introduced the WIC for Kids Act, which focuses on increasing WIC family retention and access to critical services. The bill permits state agencies administering WIC to:

 

  1. Extend child certification periods to two years.
  2. Provide flexibility to align certification periods among family members.
  3. Expand adjunctive eligibility to include members of a family participating in SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF.
  4. Expand adjunctive eligibility to include Head Start, Early Head Start, FDPIR, and CHIP.
  5. Prioritize outreach to kinship families.

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association, issued the following statement in response:

 

“The WIC for Kids Act is an essential step in reaching eligible children and ensuring that all kids get a healthy start. As the evidence continues to grow that WIC leads to healthier outcomes and reduces childhood obesity, we should be prioritizing solutions that make it easier for children to remain enrolled for WIC’s effective nutrition support. This bill doubles down on strategic partnerships and administrative flexibilities that will enhance children’s health and reduce overall healthcare costs. We applaud Reps. Jahana Hayes and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon for their thoughtful legislation and look forward to building support for these critical provisions.”

 

To learn about the WIC For Kids Act, check out this resource: Facts About The WIC For Kids Act