Proposed USDA Rules Would Enable Nonprofit Home Health and Hospice to Establish Food Purchasing and Delivery Services for Vulnerable Patients
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
by: Molly Smith, VP of Policy and Innovation

Section: Quality and Educational Programming

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed regulation implementing a part of the 2014 Farm Bill that authorizes private nonprofit food purchasing and delivery services to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as payment for eligible food items. If this rule is finalized, nonprofit home health and hospice providers, among other eligible organizations, would be able to establish food purchasing and delivery services for SNAP-eligible clients. Patients could use their SNAP benefits to reimburse providers for the cost of food. Providers would have the option of charging clients separately for delivery services. This change will enable home health and hospice agencies to help improve the nutritional and health status of patients, particularly those suffering from chronic and other diseases known to be impacted by diet. Read more about this opportunity in our guest blog post by Peggy Ingraham of the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH).

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