Executive Director, Matthew Pieper, Briefs Congress Along with Food Is Medicine Coalition Colleagues
Representatives from the Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC), a volunteer association of nutrition services providers all across the country, visited D.C. last Wednesday to hold the first congressional briefing (one for the Senate and one for the House) around the better health outcomes associated with medically-tailored nutrition.
The coalition reviewed recent research and practice to demonstrate that access to medically-tailored food and nutrition services produces better health outcomes, lower cost of care, and improved patient satisfaction for people living with severe and chronic illness. The briefing also made policy recommendations for incorporating this low-cost, high-impact intervention in healthcare.
Open Hand Executive Director, Matt Pieper, was joined by (L to R pictured at right) Sheri Weiser, MD, MPH, from the University of California, San Francisco; Sue Daughtery, Executive Director of MANNA in Philadelphia; Karen Pearl, President and CEO of God’s Love We Deliver in New York; Robert Greenwald, Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School; and (far right) David Waters, CEO of Community Servings in Boston.
As a result of the briefings, follow-up conversations have been scheduled with various legislators and their health policy advisors with the intention of identifying those who would be willing to sponsor legislation that would further integrate medically-tailored meals into our healthcare system.
Food Is Medicine Coalition leaders are hopeful that its policy recommendations will be considered by a Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group formed by the Senate Committee on Finance to explore and develop legislation to address the challenges facing beneficiaries with chronic conditions enrolled in Medicare. Co-chairing this important initiative are Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va.
Stay tuned for outcomes from this important advocacy work!