Insurance company helping seniors eat their way to better health

Lynne Adkins
March 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Certain seniors who are just out of the hospital will be getting free food as part of their medical insurance. 

Independence Blue Cross is teaming up with MANNA to deliver free, healthy food to some seniors who have just come out of the hospital.

Independence medical director for government markets, Dr. Heidi Syropoulos, says MANNA, a group that distributes food to those with life threatening illnesses, will deliver enough food for a month.

"There are what we call social determinants of health that have nothing to do with whether you were in the hospital or not. Some of those are you don't have good access to food, you don't know what good food to be eating. And certainly when you get out of the hospital and go back home, if you've been in the hospital, for example, for more than five days, you don't even have food in your refrigerator," said Syropoulos. 

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Right now, this is just a pilot program for some seniors. 

"We will provide four weeks of three meals a day, home-delivered, medically-tailored meals to eligible members. Eligible members are those members who have a composite of chronic conditions, meaning a member has to have diabetes and congestive heart disease and late stage chronic kidney disease," Syropoulos added. 

She says if it proves helpful, the program will be expanded.