AUGUSTA – A bill on the state level could get donor breast milk covered by MaineCare.
Milk depots here in Maine ship off donated milk to be pasteurized, and send it back here to help babies born prematurely.
“It’s kind of like inoculating them against diseases and that sort of thing,” said Rep. Margaret Craven, (D – Lewiston).
The bill’s sponsor, Craven, said she’s heard only support to have it covered by MaineCare.
“Getting donor milk like any other service should not depend on your zip code, should not depend on your income,” said Naomi Bar-Yam, the executive director of Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast.
The bill had a work session Wednesday.
Those involved said like with giving blood, there’s always a need for donations.