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Bill seeks to get meals to medically vulnerable seniors
May 23

BOSTON (AP) _ A bill that would establish a Medicare pilot program to address the link between diet, chronic illness, and senior health has been introduced by a bipartisan group including U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern.

The Massachusetts Democrat said the bill would ensure that nutritious meals reach medically vulnerable seniors in their homes, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing data to help build a more resilient health care system.

``There is no doubt that what we eat plays a huge role in our overall health, yet our federal policies are decades behind the science on this,'' McGovern said in a press release. ``We prioritize treatment instead of prevention.''

Other lawmakers backing the measure including Republican U. . Reps. Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Roger Marshall of Kansas and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine.

Medicare Parts A and B _ covering two-thirds of Medicare enrollees _ provide no coverage for medically tailored meals.

The bill would attempt to fill the gap by directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a three-year pilot program to provide medically tailored meals to some of the nation's most vulnerable Medicare enrollees.

The bill would provide at least two home-delivered meals per day to qualified individuals and any dependents under 18 living in the household.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019