US State Policies for Medicaid Coverage of Donor Human Milk
Donor human milk is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for high-risk infants when mother's own milk is absent or insufficient in quantity. Several factors may contribute to the inequitable use of or access to donor human milk, including a limited knowledge of its effects, cost, reimbursement, and regulatory barriers. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General have called for investigating barriers that prevent use of donor human milk for high-risk infants and for changes to public policy known to improve availability and affordability. We review the current legislative, regulatory, and economic landscape surrounding donor human milk use in the United States, as well as suggest state- and federal-level solutions to increase access to donor human milk.
Rose, A. T., Miller, E. R., Butler, M., Eden, C., Kim, J. H., Shah, S. I., & Patel, R. M. (2022). US State Policies for Medicaid Coverage of Donor Human Milk. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41372-022-01375-9