Amanda M. Rye

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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How Comfort Food Can Sharpen Your Mind and Support Weight Loss

Good Spanish food doesn’t get much better than paella,” tweeted Jamie Oliver in 2016, before casually mentioning that his recipe for it included chorizo. The response from Spain was immediate – and brutal. Some compared the unconventional addition of the spiced meat to the desecration of the Ecce Homo Jesus fresco in Zaragoza; others went as far as suggesting that they’d kill him. “I had death threats,” Oliver said on The Graham Norton Show, “because of a bit of sausage.”



a pan of food on a wooden table: There's more to your bangers and mash than you think


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There’s more to your bangers and mash than you think

It was yet another manifestation of Oliver’s apparent war on the world’s traditional rice recipes, whose front lines have extended from a flagrantly inauthentic egg-fried rice to a parsley- and-coriander-loaded joll of rice that seemed closer in spirit to West Acton than to West Africa. But the anger of the purists is, perhaps, misplaced. These dishes are

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Celebrate Bryan restaurants throughout the month of February

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – For the entire month of February travel through Bryan enjoying cuisine from Italian to Mexican to BBQ and more during Bryan’s Restaurant Month.



a plate of food on a table: Bryan Restaurant Month- Campfire Restaurant


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Bryan Restaurant Month- Campfire Restaurant

“We want to serve you,” said, Steve Turner, The Kyle House and Polite Coffee Co owner. “Nothing makes us happier than getting the opportunity to make your day better.”

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Across the City of Bryan, a multitude of restaurants are offering deals for guests from discounts to feature menu items. There is even the opportunity to win prizes.

Deals and discounts can be redeemed by using the free “Bryan Restaurant Month Pass,” which will be sent to your phone via text and email, according to Destination Bryan. A mobile app is not required.

To sign up for the “Bryan Restaurant Month Pass,” click here.

Restaurant owners are encouraging people to participate because they are

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Super Bowl recipes for smaller watch parties

  • Limit your party to people you live with, or if you’re able, project the game onto a wall in an outdoor area where everyone can practice appropriate social distancing.
  • If game-day classics are your thing, consider conducting a food swap. Make a designated spot for friends to drop off and pick up portions of certain dishes, so that everyone gets a variety without having to cook all day.
  • Or, if you’ve caught the cooking bug and want to experiment, this smaller gathering can serve as a focus group as you try out new recipes.
  • Made too much food? That’s okay. Remember, plenty of game-watching fare can be repurposed for future meals; you can freeze leftover chili for later, and turn those extra ribs into tacos or enchiladas.
  • Select recipes, like snack mixes and mini pizzas, that are easy to scale down. Most of The Post’s recipes feature a scaling button
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