July 28, 2008 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Clarification:  Adjunct Eligibility Change-HDFS Screen
SUBJECT 2: Missouri WIC Approved Food List - Spanish Version
SUBJECT 3: "AR" PowerPoint Presentation - Initial Nutrition Education
SUBJECT 4: Hemocue Analyzer Order
SUBJECT 5: Microcuvette Survey
SUBJECT 6: State WIC Staff Pictorial Directory

  1. Clarification:  Adjunct Eligibility Change-HDFS Screen:  As you know, we made a change to the HDFS screen that was effective July 7, 2008.  Children and infants now show as being adjunctly eligible for WIC by virtue of being on Medicaid/MoHealthNet only if their income is 185% or less of poverty.  Previously some children and infants would show as being adjunctly eligible on the HDFS screen if their income was above 185% of poverty.  The HDFS screen now shows either “Yes,” meaning that the participant is adjunctly eligible, or “No,” meaning they are NOT adjunctly eligible.  If the HDFS Screen shows “No,” the participant must show proof of income before being enrolled in WIC.  According to the Federal Regulations, what has NOT changed is that persons who are adjunctly eligible (“Yes” on the HDFS screen) “shall not be subject to the income limits” 7 CFR 246.7(d)(vi)(C).  This means that if a person is adjunctly eligible for WIC by virtue of being on Medicaid/MoHealthNet, they qualify for WIC no matter what their income level is on the day they are certified for WIC.  Also, remember that if an infant or prenatal woman is adjunctly eligible for WIC by virtue of being on Medicaid/MoHealthNet or if a member of the family is on TANF, the entire family is adjunctly income-eligible for WIC.

    If you have any questions, feel free to call Jayna Slade at the HANDS Help Desk at 800-554-2544.

  2. Spanish Version of the new Missouri WIC Approved Food List:  Attached is the Spanish version of the new WIC approved food list.  Please feel free to make copies as needed.  The Spanish version of the food list is being printed at the State Printing Center and should be available at the DHSS warehouse by the middle of August.  If your agency needs the Spanish version of the food list, please e-mail Sheila Dessieux by Friday, August 8, 2008, at Sheila.Dessieux@health.mo.gov and indicate the number of packets your agency needs. If you have questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. "AR" PowerPoint Presentation Initial Nutrition Education:  Due to the number of monitoring findings related to the initial nutrition education contact "AR" code, a PowerPoint presentation was developed with State and Local WIC Provider collaboration.  By using the "AR" PowerPoint presentation local WIC providers will be assured all of the required nutrition information is being presented to the participant.  The "AR" PowerPoint presentation contains colored slides with speaker notes and is designed to be used electronically or printed out.  Neither the electronic version nor printed version is a stand-alone educational tool and must be reviewed with the participant.  The "AR" PowerPoint will be maintained and updated by the State WIC office.  All recommendations for revisions or questions should be directed to your district nutritionist.

  4. Hemocue Analyzer Order:  The analyzers requested on the recent equipment survey have been ordered and Hemocue estimates that you will receive them the week of July 28th.  Other equipment requested is in the process of being ordered.  The WIC Updates will inform you when to expect delivery of the other equipment requested.

    Local WIC Provider Confirmation: When you receive the analyzers, please verify the number of analyzers received with the number listed on the packing slip.  If the number of analyzers in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip.  Please fax the packing slip to Laura Weiler or Elizabeth Weyrauch at the State WIC Office at the time you receive the shipment.  The fax number is 573-522-6501.  Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the analyzers.  If the number of analyzers received is different from the packing slip, please call Laura Weiler or Elizabeth Weyrauch at 573-751-6204 or 800-392-8209.  Thank you for your assistance.

  5. Microcuvette Survey:  It's time to order Microcuvettes.  Please follow the instructions below to ensure your agency receives your supply of microcuvettes.
    1. Microcuvette Survey:  The Microcuvette Survey will allow us to accurately order supplies of microcuvettes for each Local WIC Provider on a timely basis.  Please complete and return the attached survey either by fax 573-526-1470 or via e-mail to elizabeth.weyrauch@health.mo.gov by August 11, 2008.  This will assure no interruption in the supply of microcuvettes.
    2. Microcuvette Order:  The information from the survey will be used to identify the current supply on hand at each agency and to estimate the needs of each agency for the next six months.  The order will be submitted to HemoCue and shipped directly to your agency.

    Local WIC Provider Confirmation:  When you receive the order, please verify the number of microcuvettes received with the number listed on the packing slip.  If the number of microcuvettes in the package is the same as the packing slip, sign and date the packing slip.  Please fax the packing slip to Elizabeth Weyrauch at the State WIC Office within one (1) week of receiving the shipment.  The fax number is 573-526-1470.  Confirmation on the packing slip is required in order for the State WIC Office to pay for the microcuvettes.  Confirmation by e-mail will not be accepted.  If the number of microcuvettes received is different from the packing slip, please call Elizabeth Weyrauch at 573 526-4622.  Thank you for your cooperation.

  6. State WIC Staff Pictorial Directory:  In the past few months several new staff have joined the State WIC office.  These new staff include: Jayne Slade - works the help desk for Customer Service; Susan Guerrant - support for Customer Service; Elizabeth Weyrauch – support for Operations and microcuvette manager; Beth Thompson – monitoring and technical assistance in the Central District and LWP monitoring coordinator; Laura Weiler – financial coding and tracking; Michelle Neinhuis – nutrition training registration and database manager, formula direct shipping; and Sheila Dessieux – part-time support for Nutrition Services.  The following staff have left the State WIC office for job promotions and new opportunities: Carol Steinman, Linda Clutter, Paula Caywood, Kaidy Martin, Cathy Propst, Glenn Studebaker, Katie Hollis and Virginia Irvin.

    The State WIC office has updated its pictorial directory of State agency staff.  Each staff person in the State office is pictured with their title, a brief description of their area of responsibility and telephone number.  Since we do not always have the opportunity to meet each other face to face, we hope this will help you put a name to a face when you call our office.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Myers at Barbara.Myers@health.mo.gov.

Attachments:
Food List Spanish
Initial Nutrition Education Contact Presentation
Microcuvette Survey Aug 2008
Picture Directory 6-08