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Food Is Medicine


Policy Recommendations to Improve Efficacy and Scalability of Programs that Increases Access to Healthy Foods

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Published on Feb 13, 2024

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Food insecurity is widely pervasive across the United States and has gained national attention through federal initiatives such as the White House Strategy on Hunger, Health, and Nutrition, and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Food is Medicine Summit. Health insurance providers have designed innovative approaches to addressing food insecurity; however, they are limited in scalability due to disjointed systems with limited technical and payment infrastructure. To address this and to inform future initiatives, AHIP has proposed a number of policy recommendations to scale, sustain, and expand efforts to address food insecurity, specifically Food is Medicine interventions. Such policy recommendations include increasing funding stability in Medicaid, expanding scalability of Food is Medicine in Medicare Advantage, and including health insurance provider social determinant of health investments in the numerator of the medical loss ratio.