FIMC Expresses support for 2019 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Report

The House Committee on Appropriations introduced the 2019 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and filed an accompanying report which encouraged the Office of the Director of NIH, in partnership with relevant Institutes and Centers (NIDDK, NHLBI, NIA, NICHD), to report on the research that has been done on Food Is Medicine-related topics, including, but not limited to, medically tailored meals, medical nutrition therapy, produce prescription programs, the role of proper nutrition in aging, and the role of proper nutrition in reproductive health. The report also called upon these Institutes and Centers to engage in additional collaboration on these topics.

 

The Food Is Medicine Coalition expresses our strong support of this project. Recent research, much of which has been conducted by FIMC agencies, demonstrates the power of medically tailored meals in reducing healthcare costs, producing better health outcomes and improving patient satisfaction for the most vulnerable patients in our healthcare system. Despite these encouraging results, there is currently no dedicated federal funding for this service, unless an individual has HIV. We are confident that cataloguing the results of these studies and encouraging broader collaboration between our nation’s leading research institutes will form the basis for transformative public policy supporting medically tailored meals and other Food Is Medicine interventions. 

 

Please find here the bill and the report.

 

Senator Sanders, Medically Tailored Meals Amendment

Senator Sanders Medically Tailored Meals Amendment

The Food Is Medicine Coalition, a volunteer coalition of nonprofit medically tailored meal providers serving people living with illness across the country, is encouraged by Senator Sanders’ introduction and Senator Casey's co-sponsorship of Farm Bill Amendment 3183, providing for pilot project grants “to demonstrate and evaluate the impact of medically tailored meal programs on low-income individuals with 1 or more chronic conditions that may be improved by access to a healthy diet.” Medically-tailored meals have been shown to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by 16% among individuals with complex health needs. Currently, there is no federal support for this critical service, save for people with HIV. The introduction of this amendment is a huge step in the right direction toward creating real and substantial support for medically tailored meals nationally, which will help our nation achieve better health outcomes and lower cost of healthcare for this vulnerable population.