Open Thread | FYI: Medicare Grocery Allowance

Found this on another blog, and thought that I would share it. Hopefully someone who needs it will see this.

Senior Food Assistance: How to Qualify for the Medicare Grocery Allowance
Story by Tamila McDonald

Senior food assistance programs help make healthy foods more affordable for older individuals who may have very limited incomes. While there are a variety of programs in this niche – including those run by government agencies and nonprofits – seniors are often particularly interested in learning more about the Medicare grocery allowance. While there is a food assistance program associated with some Medicare plans, not everyone has access. Here’s a look at what the program is, how it works, and how to qualify for the Medicare grocery allowance.

What Is the Medicare Grocery Allowance?
The Medicare grocery allowance – also referred to as a grocery supplement or healthy foods benefits – is a feature of specific Medicare health plans. Through the program, nutritious food becomes more accessible as participants get access to additional funds to help make those purchases. In some cases, seniors with the grocery allowance may also be eligible for delivered meals, though those are usually only available after a hospital or skilled nursing facility stay.

How Does the Medicare Grocery Allowance Work
In many cases, using a Medicare grocery allowance is relatively simple. Individuals on qualifying plans who meet the other eligibility requirements typically receive a set dollar amount every month or quarter. Usually, the funds are issued on a card that functions similarly to a debit card, allowing them to use the card during checkout at participating stores.


How to Qualify for the Medicare Grocery Allowance
Grocery allowances are only available through specific Medicare plans. You won’t find it as an option on any Original Medicare plan. Instead, it’s a benefit some – but not all – Medicare Advantage insurers offer to qualifying seniors.

Eligibility requirements for Medicare grocery allowances through Medicare Advantage plans can vary. Some insurers only make them available to seniors with specific chronic conditions, usually through Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) programs. Qualifying conditions may include heart disease, diabetes, renal disease, COPD, and others, though precisely which ones make a senior eligible and the required severity of the condition can vary.

Read entire story at link above. I hope that this helps someone.

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8 Responses to Open Thread | FYI: Medicare Grocery Allowance

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