Health officials are asking people to use a new online tool to check their eligibility for subsidies to breast-feed.
The program was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, and the American Medical Association and allows people to find information on the state of their insurance plan, the type of medical service they receive, and their eligibility.
The site is the first of its kind.
People who want to qualify can click the link on the right side of a page, and then the state will tell them how to apply for subsidies.
For instance, if a person has a COVID-19 vaccination, the state would provide the person with subsidies.
The federal government has also begun providing subsidies for people to nurse and breastfeed for free, and for people who are older than 65 and cannot afford private health insurance.
It has also offered money for people with diabetes and those with certain other chronic conditions.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the new program helps people “make a decision as to whether or not they want to breastfeed or receive supplemental nutrition.”
He said the money would be used to provide “a free and comprehensive package of services, including immunizations, lactation care, prescription medications and mental health care, among other things.”
Price said he’s been trying to reach out to states to help them with this new funding initiative.
“This is the kind of thing that we’ve always wanted to see,” Price said.
“We want to get it right.
And we want to do it the right way.”
The federal money has not yet been distributed to states, but HHS has indicated that it’s expected to come this summer.
The state governments of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas have also begun giving out the subsidies.