If you do not qualify for WIC or Medicaid, there are still options to receive assistance paying for your child’s medical formula. Most private sources of assistance require that you exhaust all other options first (insurance and government) , but all 3 major medical foods manufacturers (Abbott, Nestle and Nutricia) do have some type of medical foods assistance program available. Some also will have programs that will help you appeal an insurance denial, like Nutricia’s Navigator program.

Abbott Patient Assistance Program

  • Products included: Multiple products including even non amino-acid based formulas like Pediasure
  • Eligibility determination :
    • Patient must be a U.S. resident and have no healthcare insurance coverage for the requested product
    • Patient must use formula for 100% of caloric need
  • Patient must have no access to other external sources of funding or coverage
  • Decision timeframe: Unstated
  • Limit: Determined on a case by case basis but if approved product is distributed at no cost to patient or their family

Apply on Abbott’s website. >>

Nestle HealthCare Patient Assistance Program

  • Products included: Both Infant and Jr. formulas for tube and oral feeding
  • Eligibility determination :
    • Calculator based on federal poverty level (approximately $24,400/year for a family of four)
    • Must have no prescription coverage for requested product
    • Patient must use formula for 100% of caloric need
  • Decision timeframe: 48 hrs
  • Limit: Provides up to 12 cases of formula per year

Apply on Nestle’s website. >> 

Nutricia (Neocate) Assistance Program

  • Products included: Product eligibility is restricted to infant formulas
  • Eligibility determination:
    • Patient must be a U.S. resident and have no healthcare insurance coverage for the requested product
    • No restriction on % of caloric need
    • Patient must have no access to other external sources of funding or coverage
  • Decision time frame: Within a week. * Through its Navigator program however, Nurticia works with families to appeal insurance rulings prior to approval and does approve reduced cost formula for families not meeting requirements for free formula.
  • Limit: Determined on a case by case basis but if approved product is distributed at no cost to patient or their family

Apply on Nutricia’s website. >>

If you still need assistance, CMNuA’s Fund for Food and Families may be able to help. If you have questions regarding the info on this page, please contact Kaycee Childress. You can download a PDF guide of this information here.>>  Or, enjoy the video presentation below outlining the same information!