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New Fight at the State Level; WA State WIC Announces 13 Month Moratorium on Retail Authorizations
In a surprise move, WA State Dept. of Health (DOH) Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Division announced a thirteen month moratorium on retail authorizations with only five days' notice! DOH WIC has a Retail Advisory Committee (RAC) which WFIA is active in, and didn't even discuss the action with them. This unprecedented move will leave new retail stores without WIC licenses for over a year, in some cases severely impacting store sales. View the moratorium HERE.
Outraged by this lack of public process, WFIA went into full gear in contacting legislative leadership, the Secretary of Health, and the Governor's policy staff in the Office of Financial Management requesting that the WIC staff hold a meeting to hear our industry's concerns and modify their decision.
If you have thoughts or suggestions regarding this moratorium or mitigating measures please send them to WFIA President & CEO Jan Gee at: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
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