Health insurers add food, meal delivery programs to coverage plans

When COVID-19 first swarmed the United States, one health insurer called some customers with a question: Do you have enough to eat?

Oscar Health wanted to know if people had adequate food for the next couple weeks and how they planned to stay stocked up while hunkering down at home.

“We’ve seen time and again, the lack of good and nutritional food causes members to get readmitted” to hospitals, Oscar executive Ananth Lalithakumar said.

Food has become a bigger focus for health insurers as they look to expand their coverage beyond just the care that happens in a doctor’s office. More plans are paying for temporary meal deliveries and some are teaching people how to cook and eat healthier foods.

Benefits experts say insurers and policymakers are growing used to treating food as a form of medicine that can help patients reduce blood sugar or blood pressure levels and stay

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Dole Packaged Foods Shines A Light On Nutrition Gaps With Malnutrition Labels

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Committed to providing access to sustainable nutrition for 1 billion people and moving towards zero processed sugar in all products by 2025, Dole Packaged Foods, LLC took its efforts to raise awareness to new heights with Malnutrition Labels. An experiential initiative designed to spark conversation and action around these imperative global issues, the activation sheds light on the gaps in nutrition access, affordability, and acceptability.

Inspired by the trusted and universally known nutrition label, the Dole initiative is designed to call attention to malnutrition and food insecurity. The campaign kicked off in New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore with a series of larger-than-life projections meant to call attention city- and nationwide to alarming nutritional issues and further the awareness of the estimated 54 million people facing food insecurity today.

“At Dole, we don’t accept the unequal world we live in. For

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Meals News, Greatest Eating places, Cooking Tips & Tips, Straightforward Recipes, Quick Meals And New Drinks

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DHCD awards $261k in grants for food security, Alzheimer’s and family support programs

Formed in 1948, the Desert Healthcare District is a local government agency with a mission to help all District residents achieve optimal health at all stages of life. Together, the District and Desert Healthcare Foundation are one of the largest funders in the Coachella Valley, awarding grants in five funding strategic areas: health care infrastructure and services; behavioral and mental health; homelessness; services to people with chronic conditions and economic protection, recovery and food security.



a group of people sitting at a table: The Joslyn Center offers a Lunch Bunch Quilters group every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon.


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The Joslyn Center offers a Lunch Bunch Quilters group every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

At its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, the seven-member Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board approved three new grants and extended an existing one, committing $261,826 to services and programs that benefit valley residents.

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