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“Prescribing” Nutrition for Medicaid Members in Need

Results Show Health Partners Plans Improving Member Health by Providing Nutritious Meals

Philadelphia, PA — It is commonly known that good nutrition can improve and contribute to better health. Through a partnership with the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), Health Partners Plans (HPP) is “prescribing” nutrition to its most medically vulnerable members. Early results show it is enhancing their health and improving their quality of life.

MANNA serves more than 700 clients battling life-threatening illnesses in the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey. It prepares and delivers three nutritious meals a day, seven days a week for clients. In a “first of its kind” partnership, HPP now provides MANNA meal service to its members suffering from various illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, malnutrition and kidney failure – all at no cost to them. Additionally, they receive nutrition counseling and comprehensive care management to make them better equipped to manage their illness independently. Members with minors in the home may also receive meals for the children.

Early results indicate MANNA’s “food is medicine” model is improving member health. HbgA1C diabetic testing obtained before and after members received MANNA meals reveals 85% of individuals show decrease in their HbgA1C levels which is indicative of better diabetes control. That decrease is up to 50% for some members.

“The MANNA meals have really impacted my life,” says Carol Thomas, HPP member and MANNA meal recipient. “I’m eating the right portion sizes and it helped me lose 45 pounds.”

“The program helps me keep my sugar down and helps me control my A1c,” says William Freshley, HPP member and MANNA meal recipient. “HPP goes out of its way to take care of people like me and others.”

“One of the biggest challenges people face when they find out they have a chronic illness is figuring out how to manage their diet,” says president and CEO William S. George.  “This partnership alleviates that anxiety and lifts the burden for members and their families.”

“When no other health plan figured out how to make this work, Health Partners Plans showed commitment and made it happen,” says Susan Daugherty, CEO of MANNA. “I am so excited that HPP stepped up to the plate. This move is groundbreaking and I truly believe it will change the delivery of comprehensive healthcare on a national level.”


Nationally recognized for its innovations in managed care, Health Partners Plans consistently receives high ratings for member and provider satisfaction and is one of the highest rated Medicaid plans in Pennsylvania according to National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2015-2016. Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed health care organization serving more than 248,000 members in the Greater Philadelphia region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and its KidzPartners (Children's Health Insurance Program) plan. Founded 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is “doing it right” at, and

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