Although the State of California and its Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) have been exploring new healthcare initiatives for vulnerable populations for quite some time now, the challenges of COVID-19 have shone a spotlight on the importance of food insecurity and care at home. Millions of Americans – including many Californians – are struggling with access to healthy food, especially in light of social distancing, stay-in-place orders, and economic insecurity.
Throughout 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven federal and state governments, health plans, and community organizations to take unprecedented steps to address food insecurity in the United States. Our latest whitepaper, Keeping America Fed: How Health Plans and Policymakers Are Addressing Food Insecurity During COVID-19, provides an in-depth look at what’s changed since SARS-CoV-2 first appeared in the United States, including:
- New policies and funding from Capitol Hill, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and State Governments designed to improve access to nutrition and meal programs
- Examples of Health Care Organizations working independently and in collaboration with community partners to feed their most vulnerable members
- Changes to Medicaid and Medicare plans that help connect food insecure members with reliable, healthy food options
For a more in-depth look, download our free whitepaper