Meal delivery programs can lower medical costs

About 13 percent of US households lack consistent, dependable access to enough food, which can impact health. A recent study found home meal delivery for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries can reduce the overall cost of health care for both payers and participants. Researchers found that participants enrolled in a medically-tailored meal delivery program accessed the emergency department, emergency transportation and inpatient care less frequently than a control group who didn't receive special meal delivery. Even those enrolled in a non-tailored meal program used fewer emergency services. Participants in both meal programs spent less for medical expenses, too.