Our Policy Goals:
Ryan White Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Program - We are committed to ensuring and expanding access to food and nutrition programs for people living with HIV through the Ryan White Treatment and Modernization Act.
National Healthcare Reform - We work, both at the state and federal level, to incorporate medically tailored food and nutrition services (FNS) for people with severe illness in the major programs of national healthcare reform.
Other Policy Vehicles - We pursue ensuring services for our clients through other policy vehicles such as the Farm Bill, Innovations Projects and state-based healthcare initiatives.
Where We Are & Where We Are Going
An ongoing barrier to feeding people who are food insecure and chronically and/or critically-ill is that there is no dedicated stream of public funding for meals for this population, unless a client has HIV. That funding source, the Ryan White Treatment and Modernization Act, does not support all of those with HIV that come to FIMC agencies for help. If a person has any other debilitating illness, from kidney disease to cardiovascular disease to cancer, there are only the agencies in FIMC to help them. This fact is particularly critical for persons between the ages of 18 and 60 who are ineligible for existing, though not medically tailored, food and meal program assistance designed for seniors and children. FIMC agencies raise the majority of their funds privately.
Despite the sweeping healthcare reform that many states enacted through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), access to comprehensive food and nutrition remains largely uncovered by Medicaid and most insurance programs. Through the Advocacy Capacity Building Project, God’s Love We Deliver, the head of the FOOD IS MEDICINE COALITION, has guided FIMC agencies to seize innovation opportunities in the ACA to incorporate FNS into the medical care continuum. As a result, across the country, FIMC agencies have successful partnerships with Medicaid, Medicare, Dual Eligible and PACE programs, private insurance affiliations and pilots with other demonstration projects, like the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) model that endeavors to reduce avoidable hospitalizations statewide.
While we have made much progress, much remains to be done.