This final rule, published December 16, 1999, amends regulations governing the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to:
1) Allow State agencies the option to defer the collection of blood test data for up to 90 days after the date of certification, so long as the applicant is determined to have at least one qualifying nutritional risk factor at the time of certification.
2) Expand the regulatory standard of the maximum age of blood test data used to assess nutritional risk for certification.
3) Allow costs for up to two blood tests for anemia per individual per certification period.
These revisions to current WIC Program regulations will accommodate a changing health care environment; facilitate improved coordination with other health programs serving WIC applicants; minimize potentially repetitive, costly and invasive blood testing procedures; reduce inconvenience to applicants, reduce barriers to participation, and expedite services to needy individuals applying for WIC Program benefits.