Should home-delivered meals be the next area of Medicare, Medicaid coverage?

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Thanks to a push by several nonprofit organizations and the natural evolution of Medicare coverage, the time could be ripe for the federal government to make home-delivered meals a part of the nation’s healthcare continuum. But experts note that coverage limitations would need to be lifted first. 

Earlier this week, the Food is Medicine Coalition, a group of nonprofits focused on the intersection of nutrition and healthcare, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, calling for broad reimbursement of so-called medically tailored meals (MTMs) under Medicare and Medicaid.

MTMs are designed for patients suffering from heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, HIV and a variety of other chronic illnesses. Many of those patients are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. 

In the letter to Becerra, FIMC said MTMs are not only better nutritionally for chronically ill patients, they also lower the overall cost of healthcare to that population.

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