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Health Plans: Social Needs Matter

posted by Marilyn Tavenner

on June 29, 2018

It’s officially summer, and in many communities around our nation, that often comes with oppressive heat and humidity. This can create dangerous conditions for individuals lacking access to cool shelter and relief from the heat.

This matters. Places to stay cool in summer (and warm in winter) are among the many issues that can greatly impact a person’s health—and even threaten their lives.

Other important economic and social resources include safe housing, healthy foods, and safe drinking water. Good health expands well beyond the traditional boundaries of health care. Health plans understand this, and they are committed to addressing it as they work to build healthier communities and improve the health of the people we serve.

Watch below to learn about the importance of socioeconomic conditions that influence health and well-being, and health plans’ responsibility.