As “food is medicine” movement takes hold, Colorado Medicaid looks to pay for produce and better meals

Ensuring patients have better nutrition up front is cheaper than hospital care down the line

12/29/2023 – Colorado’s Medicaid agency, health care providers and nonprofits want more people to get nutritious food as part of their overall health care, but no one is sure how to fund something beyond the current patchwork of programs.

The “food is medicine” movement has gained traction in recent years as insurance providers and government agencies determined they could achieve better health outcomes, for less money, by improving people’s diets than by giving them medical treatment after their conditions worsened.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, which oversees the state’s Medicaid program, has made nutrition a priority and plans to ask for federal funding to bring healthy food to more members.

Read the Full Article at The Denver Post 


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