Health Insurance Claims Data Study
Food insecurity and poor nutrition can lead to chronic health issues and frequent use of expensive medical services, and are increasingly recognized as important social determinants of health. In 2016, 266,500 Massachusetts households, or 9.7%, were food insecure. A recent report estimates that medical costs attributed to food insecurity in Massachusetts were more than $2.4 billion in 2016, and the annual national costs are estimated at $77 billion. The costs attributable to food insecurity are for the treatment of diabetes, obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and other illnesses that are clearly linked to poor nutrition.
Community Servings’ health insurance claims data study examines the impact of medically tailored, home-delivered meals provided to individuals who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare services, due to poverty and age or disability. The study, undertaken in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital and Commonwealth Care Alliance, and funded by AARP Foundation, was published in the April 2018 issue of Health Affairs.