New research supports the concept of food insurance to improve health. In a study by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Medicaid and Medicare members were provided debit cards and subsidies to buy healthy foods. The investment was promising for long-term illness and cost reduction, and it was found cost-effective in the short term. “Healthy food prescriptions are increasingly being considered in private health insurance programs, and the new 2018 Farm Bill includes a $25 million Produce Prescription Program to further evaluate this approach,” researchers note.
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