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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

WILL MORE PEOPLE GO HUNGRY IF ACA IS REPEALED?


In 2014, Oregon became the first state to implement a provision of the Affordable Care Act allowing doctors and hospitals to screen patients for food insecurity and connect them to SNAP enrollment, meal delivery services, vegetable prescription programs, and cooking classes, and other sources to help them obtain healthy food Today, 270 clinics  use such a screening tool throughout the state. Health care providers from Texas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Massachusetts, Vermont, Oklahoma and other states asked for guidance on how to reproduce the Oregon program. However, as Congress endeavors to dismantle ACA, the funding and incentives for the healthcare screenings along with community-wide social services to address food insecurity are in jeopardy.

Source: Civil Eats, 1/31/17, Obamacare Repeal