eWIC Update

    

We have been keeping in touch with the State of Alaska regarding the new eWIC program and wanted to give you a quick update.

(What is eWIC?  EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer. WIC stands for Women/Infant/Children -  a program providing nutrition, education and other support.  WIC EBT is an electronic process where the food benefits are automatically added onto a card, similar to a debit card. This card, which will be known as the eWIC card, replaces the current paper vouchers/checks.)

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Here's a list of roll out dates from the state's WIC website:

Starting June 17, 2019
Municipality of Anchorage
Matanuska Susitna Valley - Alaska Family Services
Fairbanks - Resource Center for Parents and Children
Fairbanks and Interior - Tanana Chiefs Conference

Starting July 8, 2019
Kodiak Region - Kodiak Area Native Association
Kenai/Homer - Alaska Family Services
Valdez Region - State of Alaska

Starting July 29, 2019
Barrow Region - North Slope Borough
Nome Region - Norton Sound Health Corporation
Kotzebue Region - Maniilaq Association

Starting August 19, 2019
Dillingham Region - Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
Bethel Region - Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Aleutian-Pribilof Islands - South Central Foundation

 Information about certified retailers that can accept eWIC according to the state website:

 Retailers will be certified in the few weeks leading up to the clinic’s roll out. It is IMPORTANT to note that participants from the pilot area will not be able to use their eWIC cards outside of the pilot region until other areas roll out. However, stores will be capable of accepting checks all the way through 2019 when eWIC will be completed statewide for all participants.

If you have questions about your point of sale system and the ability to accept eWIC cards, please give us a call at 907-243-2683.

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