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WIC Program Manufacturer Rebates and Related Programs

4513-1012

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $38,069,725 $38,069,725
FY17 $38,990,711 $38,136,830
FY16 $41,797,885 $40,136,830
FY15 $42,078,504 $40,136,830
FY14 $41,952,654 $39,732,030
FY13 $41,521,326 $38,721,617
FY12 $40,208,621 $36,876,617
FY11 $40,438,004 $36,028,884
FY10 $45,030,342 $39,340,092
FY09 $45,271,273 $39,165,092
FY08 $43,229,979 $36,882,592
FY07 $45,141,151 $37,135,523
FY06 $46,064,988 $36,935,601
FY05 $46,336,716 $35,801,048
FY04 $47,728,921 $35,801,048
FY03 $49,760,522 $36,519,385
FY02 $51,660,152 $37,096,300
FY01 $52,888,416 $37,317,495
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Between and
Funding for WIC Program Manufacturer Rebates and Related Programs
11.9%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

The Women's, Infants, and Children's (WIC) program is a nutrition program that serves low- and moderate-income pregnant women and small children. The program is particularly aimed at women and children who are at risk for poor nutrition, and children form the largest category of WIC participants.

The WIC program is a federal program that was created in the early 1970s to respond to concerns about poor nutrition among women and pre-school children. The program is administered in states by local agencies, and receives both federal and state funds. Residents of Massachusetts are eligible for the WIC program if they have incomes below 185% FPL, have nutritional need (as determined by WIC staff), and are either a child under five, a new mother, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman (a parent or guardian may apply for WIC on behalf of his or her child). Families enrolled in certain benefit programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or TANF are automatically eligible for the program. WIC program sites are located in non-profit agencies, health centers and hospitals across the state.

WIC enrollees receive vouchers and checks that allow them get free nutritious foods and baby formula at authorized grocery stores and pharmacies. The program also provides nutrition education and counseling and referrals to health care providers and other social service programs. The WIC program encourages mothers to breastfeed their babies, but WIC agencies also provide infant formula.

The formula rebate program reduces the state's cost of infant formula under a contract with a specific formula manufacturer. After a WIC participant uses a WIC voucher to purchase infant formula, the state WIC program reimburses the retailer for the retail price of the formula, and then bills the formula manufacturer for a rebate on the cost of each can of formula purchased. This means that the cost to the state for infant formula is well below retail cost. This line item in the state budget authorizes the WIC program to retain the rebate revenue and use it for program costs. Revenue from rebates supplements the federal grant to Massachusetts that provides the bulk of WIC funding. The program also receives an appropriation from the state General Fund (see 4513-1002).

Updated, January 2017

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $38,069,725 $38,069,725
FY18 Leg $38,069,725 $38,069,725
FY18 Sen $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 SWM $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 Hou $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 HWM $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 Gov $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY17 $38,990,711 $38,136,830

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.