BOSTON — A invoice that will set up a Medicare pilot program to handle the hyperlink between eating regimen, persistent sickness, and senior well being has been launched by a bipartisan group together with U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.
The Massachusetts Democrat mentioned the invoice would be certain that nutritious meals attain medically susceptible seniors of their houses, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas offering knowledge to assist construct a extra resilient well being care system.
“There is no such thing as a doubt that what we eat performs an enormous position in our general well being, but our federal insurance policies are many years behind the science on this,” McGovern mentioned in a press launch. “We prioritize therapy as an alternative of prevention.”
Different lawmakers backing the measure together with Republican U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Roger Marshall of Kansas and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine.
Medicare Components A and B — masking two-thirds of Medicare enrollees — present no protection for medically tailor-made meals.
The invoice would try to fill the hole by directing the Secretary of Well being and Human Companies to conduct a three-year pilot program to offer medically tailor-made meals to a number of the nation’s most susceptible Medicare enrollees.
The invoice would supply not less than two home-delivered meals per day to certified people and any dependents beneath 18 residing within the family.