March 1, 2019
Health Partners Plans Rallies to Help Community Members Facing Food Insecurity Due to Delayed SNAP Benefits
Philadelphia, PA – Health Partners Plans (HPP), an innovative managed care organization, recently rallied to support community members experiencing food insecurity as a result of the recent government shutdown, which forced Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to make February benefits last for two months.
HPP’s employees, providers and foundation joined a local food drive to ease hunger among children in the communities that HPP serves in Southeastern Pennsylvania. All told, HPP collected more than 2,200 jars of peanut butter to donate to Philabundance, a regional food bank. Philabundance aimed to collect 40,000 jars of peanut butter – enough to make 640,000 PBJ sandwiches – and exceeded its goal by 406 jars.
“We were keenly aware that our members would face challenges because of the government shutdown and SNAP benefit delay,” said Kristin Beck,HPP director, community health programs. “We wanted to find a way to help our members, to support a partner of HPP’s and to get our collective HPP team involved.”
In addition to participating in the food drive, HPP has been sharing community food resources with members who received their February SNAP benefits early and who may be at risk for food insecurity. Member Relations representatives share information with members when they call with benefits questions.
“These kinds of initiatives make a difference in the lives of our members, as food insecurity affects the majority of them,” said Ms.Beck. “This was a great partnership with Philabundance, and this is just the type of partnership we cultivate to make an impact on social determinants of health.”
HPP and the Health Partners Foundation (HPF) are dedicated to addressing social barriers to health in novel ways because when people face social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, poverty or housing insecurity, their health also suffers. For instance, HPP has established innovative ongoing programs, such as its acclaimed partnership with the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Agency (MANNA) to provide medically tailored meals to chronically ill members. HPF also works to meet the urgent needs of community members. Most recently for instance, HPF worked with Broad Street Ministry to provide free foot exams and footwear to those experiencing housing insecurity during the “Getting Back on Our Feet” event.
To learn more about how HPP addresses social determinants of health, visit hpplans.com.
ABOUT HEALTH PARTNERS PLANS
Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed care organization, renowned for addressing food insecurity through its groundbreaking medically tailored meals program. It is the only Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania and is among just 8 Medicaid plans nationwide with an accreditation status of Excellent as of September 12, 2018. This is the highest status bestowed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA.) Health Partners Plans serves more than 262,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through its Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) plans. Founded more than 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 HealthPartnersPlans.com, twitter.com/HPPlans and facebook.com/healthpartnersplans.
Monet T. Irving
Director, Corporate Communications