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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

THE END OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING COULD DRIVE UP WIC COSTS


The Education Committee bill would change WIC in ways that cater to corporate interests and could make the program less cost-effective. For decades, WIC has used competitive bidding to reduce the cost of infant formula and some other foods for infants. The bill would require states that want to use competitive bidding to jump through a series of hoops that appear designed to discourage competitive bidding.  (Gerber Foods, which controls the majority of the U.S. market for infant foods other than formula and is a subsidiary of NestlĂ©, has been lobbying for limits on competitive bidding for infant foods other than formula.)


Source: Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 5/17/16, WIC Costs