Implementation for eWIC (October, 2013 - Present)
Universal Product Code (UPC) collection for eWIC
Beginning in the fall of 2013 and continuing into early 2014, the Iowa WIC Program will be preparing for the Approved Product List (APL) requirement of eWIC. In an eWIC environment, the program must be able to provide an electronic file to all Iowa WIC approved retailers identifying all products by UPC that are eligible for purchase with WIC benefits. The tasks and equipment associated with the ability to produce and provide an APL include capture of UPC and product data, creation and maintenance of a database of Iowa WIC UPC data. Completing the APL project prior to full eWIC implementation will allow the Iowa WIC program to carefully manage the collection of UPC data to ensure that all WIC approved products are included in the APL when eWIC implementation proceeds.
FIS Selected as Iowa eWIC Services Processor
The Iowa WIC program has received a technology grant fund from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to implement eWIC. This funding allows the Iowa WIC program to proceed with plans to select the eWIC solution that best meets the needs of Iowans.
On February 24, 2014 a Notice of Intent to Award was issued in the joint procurement of WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (eWIC) services for the States of Colorado and Iowa. Through a competitive bid process, he States of Colorado and Iowa WIC Programs have selected FIS to provide eWIC services for each state respectively. The selection was made following a thorough evaluation process focused on the qualifications and experience of the company, the overall strength of proposed eWIC solution, services to be provided, and pricing.
The FIS solution is an online eWIC solution utilizing magnetic stripe cards to redeem WIC benefits. In the coming weeks the Iowa WIC Program will begin to work through the contracting process with FIS and sub-contractor CDP. The estimated date that the Iowa WIC Program and FIS will begin working together is July 1, 2014. Details of the eWIC services to be provided will be shared in the coming weeks and months.