Managed Healthcare Executive featured L.A. Care in "Medical Foods Strive for Insurance Coverage". The piece talks about the status of medical foods in the health care industry, and the efforts to have them covered by insurance plans. While legislative proposals have not yet succeeded, pilot programs are testing the use of medically tailored meals to reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations, improve health and ultimately save money.
L.A. Care is participating in California's pilot program, Food is Medicine, by supporting Project Angel Food's delivery of medically tailored meals to Medi-Cal patients with congestive heart failure.
Most people don’t understand what are the 'right' foods, how to cook them, and how important they are. They also have to get over the hump that medical foods don't taste good. That takes education and hand holding by dieticians, who are part of our disease management programs.
--David Kagan, M.D.
Medical Director, Utilization Management at L.A. Care
Learn more about L.A. Care's role in Food is Medicine.
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L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.2 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's vulnerable and low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, visit lacare.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.