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State of Ohio - Controlling Board Request
30 East Broad Street, 34th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3457
(614) 466-5721 FAX:(614) 466-3813
OPERATING REQUEST Controlling Board No.
Status:  Approved
Meeting Date:  2/26/2018


Waiver of Competitive Selection  (Revised Code Section 127.16B)
      No Competitive Opportunity
      Agency Released Competitive Opportunity
Agency Released Competitive Opportunity (Revised Code Section 127.162)
Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:
Operating Transfer Request  (Revised Code Section 127.14)
      Other Statutory Authority/Bill Section:
Fiscal Year(s)
Bill No.
HB 49
Eligible for OBM
Director Approval?

For FYAmountNameAddressCityStateCountyZip Code
DOH01 2018 $231,314.50 HemoCue America 250 South Kraemer Blvd Mailstop: B1SW.11 Brea CA 92821
DOH01 2019 $231,314.50 HemoCue America 250 Sourth Kraemer BLVD Mailstop: B1SW.11 Brea CA 92821

Fund GroupFund CodeAppropriation Line ItemAppropriation Line Item NameFYAmountFYAmount
FED 3890 440604 Women, Infants, and Children 2018 $231,314.50 2019 $231,314.50

Lance D. Himes, Director 02/26/2018
Agency Director or Authorized Agent On The Date Of
02/06/2018 Christine Morrison
Date Controlling Board President/OBM Director
Name:  Paul Maragos Title:  Health Planning Admin 3
Phone:  (614) 644 - 6213 Fax:  (614) 752 - 9783 E-Mail:
  The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) respectfully requests Controlling Board approval to waive competitive selection in the amount of $231,314.50 for SFY18 and $231,314.50 for SFY19 from Fund 3890, ALI 440604 (Women, Infants, and Children) to purchase Microcuvettes and MeSoft Wipes from HemoCue America, Brea, CA, for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.  
  The Ohio WIC Program, funded 100% through the USDA, provides supplemental nutritious foods to income eligible women, infants, and children in Ohio. The program also provides nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and education, and referrals to other programs and agencies. Hemoglobin screening is one of the requirements for determining eligibility. [CFR 246.7 (e)(1)(i)(A)]   

Hemoglobin (level of iron in blood) is measured to monitor sufficient intake of iron. Inadequate/insufficient intake of iron results in anemia, which can cause fatigue and other problems. Clients below the normal level are considered high risk and are brought back to assure level improvement. In addition, if a WIC applicant is found to have a low hemoglobin level, they are nutritionally eligible for the WIC Program.

Lancets are used to prick the finger so that blood can be obtained for a sample. The microcuvettes are the slides used to collect the blood. They are then put into the Hemocue machine to measure hemoglobin (blood iron levels).

These supplies are required for the medical equipment already in place in WIC clinics statewide, which are used as part of the determination of WIC program eligibility. It is necessary for participants whose blood testing cannot be completed using the newer, non-invasive technology. Examples would include participants who have extremely long nails, are wearing metallic nail polish, have very cold fingers, or have trouble steadying their fingers. The program would be out of compliance with our federal funder if this purchase is not made.

HemoCue America is the only vendor that can supply this product and this is the only product that will work with our existing WIC clinic equipment.

ODH plans to use State Term Schedule (STS) 652 to make the purchase.
Attachments Controlling Board Request No.: DOH0100432
Attachment TypeAttachment Description
Other STS Contract
Other WIC Clinic Distribution
Other STS Price List
Sole source justification letter Vendor Letter
Release and Permit Information
NameFYAmountR & P #R & P DateIssued ByComments
HemoCue America 2018 $231,314.50
HemoCue America 2019 $231,314.50

Operating Request Required Information
Purchases of Supplies or Equipment - HemoCue America
Controlling Board Request No.: DOH0100432
1. Identify the supply or supplies/equipment and provide the amount of each item.
Supply/Equipment NamePrice per UnitNumber of UnitsAmount
Microcuvettes, 200/box $158.00 1400 $221,200.00
MeSoft Wipes, 200/pk $2.19 1550 $3,394.50
HemoCue Cleaner Swabs $16.00 420 $6,720.00
Microcuvettes, 200/box $158.00 1400 $221,200.00
MeSoft Wipes, 200/pk $2.19 1550 $3,394.50
HemoCue Cleaner Swabs $16.00 420 $6,720.00
Cite the account category,  subobject code, and amount of each item included in this purchase from this vendor.
ObjectSubobjectAmountNon-Exempt Amount
521057 $231,314.50 $231,314.50
521057 $231,314.50 $231,314.50
Total Amounts $462,629.00 $462,629.00
Selection Process: Was this purchase subject to selection by a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Quote (RFQ) process? No
Explain why this purchase was not subject to an RFP or RFQ process.
HemoCue America is the only vendor that can supply this product and this is the only product that will work with our existing WIC clinic equipment.
4. Contractor Procurement Compliance:
a. Is this vendor in compliance with Buy America? Yes
Explain: Vendor is located in CA.
b. Is this vendor in compliance with Buy Ohio? No
Explain:Vendor is located in CA.