House Bill #2364
*** HISTORIC MARK ***
First U.S. Legislation Passed Specific to EGID
|ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL
|In APRIL 2006 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano Signed House Bill # 2364 into LAW. This
Bill Mandates Arizona Insurance Companies to COVER Hypo--Allergenic Medical Food
Formula for Patients diagnosed with Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders. This Bill is a
Historic LEAP forward for the EGID Cause as it is the FIRST piece of Legislation-- ever
passed-- that is Specific to this Rare, New disease.
Generous Limits come along with this bill--Insurance must cover a Minimum of 75% of
the annual cost of Medical Food Formula for EGID , maxing at $20,000 per year. There
are NO AGE LIMITS OR Method of Administering Formula Restrictions attached to this
Bill. It becomes Effective 1/1/07.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO Former
STATE REPRESENTATIVE STEVE HUFFMAN
|Michelle & Denise
|We made a lot of FRIENDS at the
Capitol. We were very impressed
with our State Legislature.
|We made Memories never to be
|A SPECIAL Friend That we made on this Journey was Jo Grant,
Admin Coordinator Tucson Legislative Office.
She became "OUR ANGEL"
guiding & sheparding us at every step.
THANK YOU Jo for all of your Kindness, Compassion,
Expertise & Especially Your Friendship.
Having Fought the Exhausting Insurance Fight & Having Felt the Devastating Financial impact of
being DENIED INSURANCE COVERAGE for Medical Food Formula to treat our
We decided to SPEARHEAD Legislation to change this......
It was a 6 month Legislative Process that took A LOT of Hours, Hard Work, Travel, Research
& Preparation, Emails, Phone Calls, Support of Family & Friends, Meetings, Appointments,
Testifying in House & Senate Hearings
AND Most of
This was a LIFE CHANGING Experience for us as we navigated the unfamiliar world of our
State Legislature. Neither of us come from a political background. We are 2 mothers...fueled
by the Love we have for Our Children...Driven by our Passion to help others who suffer from
this very difficult Disease.....
~We Gratefully THANK~
Working on this Legislation took it's toll. We would like to THANK ALL of THOSE who
HELPED Make it Possible.
First, we Thank GOD...who guided Us & this BILL the whole way through.
It really was Divinely Led.
Our Husbands, Rocco & Vince .....
Without their HELP, SUPPORT & Keeping the Home Fires Burning we could not have done it.
We Love You.
Our Children who sacrificed time without mom as we worked on the bill.....
Our Families & Friends for all of the Emails, Calls, Prayers & Support....
Of course Steve Huffman, Jo Grant & all at the State Capitol who helped our bill....
Our Support Group for all of their Help & Support.
A Special Hug , Acknowledgement & Thank You to
Christina , Grace , Julie , Lori , Shelly & Valerie
for your work on this Bill.
Dr Hobeich, Dr Markowitz, Dr Manthei, APFED, CURED & the EGID Community for their
Support & Contributions.
Working together we learned that with hard work, dedication, laughter, perseverance & faith....
God really will accomplish "The Improbable & The Impossible."
We encourage YOU to take on this Legislative Fight in Your State.
Sponsored our Legislation and Worked Tirelessly on the Bill. Insurance Mandates are very
difficult to pass and we will always be grateful for the dedication & experience that he provided.
Truly ---Rep Huffman EPITOMIZES how a State Official should Represent the People.
Having SPEARHEADED this Legislation, We worked hard with Steve & his staff to move this
bill through the process. We experienced first hand WHO THIS POLITICIAN IS .
First and foremost, he is GENUINE, HONEST, A FAMILY MAN WHO CARES ABOUT
ARIZONA FAMILIES, EXPERIENCED, WELL RESPECTED, LOYAL & HARD WORKING.
Steve believed in the Injustice of Medical Food Treatment being DENIED to families
and he FOUGHT for our Children !
We will ALWAYS Be Grateful !
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