Feliciano Pagan stood at his front door when the MANNA food truck pulled up to his two-story brick row home.
Pagan, 48, greeted the driver with a smile as he carried in two large bags filled with frozen dinners and fresh fruit that would last a week. Among the goods were chicken fajitas with brown rice and zucchini; chicken dumplings, carrots and beets; and sweet-and-sour pork chops with turkey noodle soup.
These medically tailored meals — all with limited salt and carbohydrates — are designed to keep Pagan, who has congestive heart failure, out of the hospital. Health Partners Plans, the nonprofit company that runs the Medicaid health plan Pagan belongs to, is betting on it.
Feliciano Pagan, a Medicaid recipient in Philadelphia, looks over his medically tailored meals made at the kitchens of the nonprofit MANNA and paid for by Health Partners Plans, his Medicaid health plan. (Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News)
Since 2015, Health Partners has joined a small group of insurers around the country to offer some members specially designed meals to improve their health. The company paid the full cost for 560,000 meals to be delivered to more than 2,100 of its members with various conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure.
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I am 100% in favor of this. We would be much healthier as a nation and far more welcome in the world if we fed people instead of imprisoning them and bombing them.
What say you?