People with Phenylketonuria (PKU) who rely on medical foods

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited disorder that increases the levels of a substance called phenylalanine in the blood. Phenylalanine is a building block of proteins (an amino acid) that is obtained through the diet. It is found in all proteins and in some artificial sweeteners. If PKU is not treated, phenylalanine can build up to harmful levels in the body, causing intellectual disability and other serious health problems.

Hudson

Phenylketonuria (PKU) · Texas
Annual cost: $9600

While we are very fortunate to have insurance that can help us with the costs, there is still a great financial strain associated with ...

Zoe, Age 4

Phenylketonuria (PKU) · Tennessee
Annual cost: $4200

We adopted our beautiful daughter Zoe three months ago from China. We did extensive research on PKU and prepared ourselves the best we ...

Kayla

Oregon · Phenylketonuria (PKU)

When I moved to the West Coast by myself in 2014, I had to learn everything on my own like finding a clinic and handling coverage. I ...

Jennifer

Phenylketonuria (PKU) · Washington
Annual cost: $6000

The amount of medical debt my family has had to trudge through, during my 43 years of living with PKU, has been financially crippling. ...

Nicholas, Age 3

Michigan · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $12000

Having medical foods coverage would lessen the burden of worrying about the special foods our son will need as he grows up. While we ...

Claire, Age 12

Phenylketonuria (PKU) · Utah
Annual cost: $2400

My insurance company recently denied coverage for my daughter’s formula to treat her PKU. They said she can only have formula ...

Corey, Age 26

New York · Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Turning 26 and navigating through my own insurance was a nightmare. NYS Medicaid is a blessing but not sure how long I can stay on ...

Sarah

Connecticut · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $240

When our daughter was born, our two employer-provided insurances refused to cover her condition. One insurance was through the Ct. ...

Chris

Connecticut · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $600

In 2017 I started working at my current employer. In January 2018 I filled out the paperwork with Cambrooke Therapeutics to have them ...

Saylah, Age 2

Kansas · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $2400

My daughter has a milder form of PKU and therefore does not need as much formula to live a healthy life. However, as she gets older ...

Venetia

Louisiana · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $6000

I have to be on Medicaid because I can not afford to get insurance on my own or thru my employer and it is very difficult to make ends ...

Lisa, Age 6

Indiana · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $3000

We adopted Lisa last year. Prior to that she was in Florida. Due to the low amount covered in Florida Lisa was on a very limited diet. ...

Emily, 11

New York · Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Annual cost: $3600

My insurance as a NYC public school teacher covers Emily’s medical formula only. But it is never easy. Every year there is a ...

Will, Age 12

Phenylketonuria (PKU) · Texas
Annual cost: $12000

This coverage would take away added stress on our family and thousands of others. I have the means to afford insurance, but it does ...

The Medical Nutrition Equity Act will provide key support for those Americans who rely on medical foods to survive and thrive.