The VA WIC program is moving toward an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) based program to be called eWIC. eWIC will be a benefit card based system, with a system of benefits transfer similar to a debit card. Each card has a Primary Account Number (PAN) and can be accessed by the client with a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The participant can then use their eWIC card to redeem current active benefits at authorized WIC retailers.
In order to redeem current active benefits, a participant would start by confirming their benefits by executing a balance inquiry before starting their shopping. Participants would then engage in their normal shopping, and proceed to the checkout. Once at the checkout, the participant would swipe their eWIC card and enter their PIN number, in the same way a debit card would be used. The participant's groceries would then be scanned, compared to their prescription, and then approved or denied based on the cardholder's benefit balance. Once the transaction is completed and approved, a receipt showing the details of the transaction and updated account balance will be printed, and the transaction will be completed.
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