| Louisiana Department of Health
||OPH-PHAME (Public Health Automated Management Enabler)
||PHAME is a mission-critical, statewide application used to determine eligibility for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This system is in public health facilities and WIC contract agencies across the state, impacting an average of 117, 989 participants. WIC benefits are provided through a system of retail grocery stores across the state, there are approximately 559 authorized vendors. PHAME collects demographic data, vendor data, food instrument data and product data. The system provides direct interface with Solutran electronic payment processing technology for reconciliation of food instruments and the return of redemption data and amounts on a daily basis. PHAME captures all relevant participant information, food prescriptions and generates pre-defined reports based on data it has collected.
||4 - Devastating Impact
||The State would not be able to collect infant formula rebates of approximately $3,000,000 per month. Funding to 559 authorized vendors will be impacted by a system crash along with over $100,000,000 of annual federal funding from the USDA
||The program provides nutrition assistance to over 118,000 citizens over 80,000 of which are children and infants.