Does Medicare Cover Meal Delivery?
If you want to keep your body in excellent health, then it helps to maintain a healthy diet, which is a critical component of your wellness. Unfortunately, seniors and people with chronic conditions can find it challenging to make it to the grocery store to purchase fresh items necessary for maintaining a healthy diet.
With impaired mobility, it is even more challenging to transport grocery bags, cook in the kitchen or even maneuver well enough to get around the house. These are all reasons why it can be a hassle trying to ensure your body receives the nutrition it needs.
Medicare Advantage plans and other community programs may be able to help with food delivery available if you qualify for programs such as Meals on Wheels.
TIP: test yourself with our Medicare quiz!
Medicare Benefits Solutions
Apr 26, 2021
Different Meal Delivery ProgramsYou have a few different options when it comes to delivery services. The Meals on Wheels program, in particular, tries to help older people who aren’t able to get the right food for themselves due to a disability or chronic health issue.
Get easy-to-read, informative Medicare articles like this in your inbox every month.
Medicare Benefits Solutions is a non-government website. This is a solicitation for insurance. By submitting information on this site, I am providing my written consent for Medicare Benefits Solutions, herein after referred to as “Medicare Benefits”, which is a brand operated by HealthCompare Insurance Services Inc., its sales agents, or affiliates to contact me (even if I’m on a state or national do not call registry) at the phone number or email address listed to provide me with quotes or information about Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Medicare Part D plans. I further consent to such calls or texts sent via autodialer, automated technology, prerecorded message and/or artificial voice. I understand my consent is not a condition of purchase and that I can revoke my consent at any time via medicarebenefits.com/about-us/contact-us. Additional charges may apply to SMS, call, or Internet usage depending on your data providers.
Meals on Wheels
There are 5,000 programs for Meals on Wheels throughout the United States, which help people all over the country. More than 2 million people are supported by this program each year. There is usually a sliding payment schedule that allows people who qualify for the program to receive the help and not be turned away because of their financial limitations.
There are many delivery programs available in addition to Meals on Wheels. Insurance plans often fund them, and the government sponsors many others. When you have financial constrictions, Medicaid can help with meal services for those who qualify.
Medicare Benefits for Meal Delivery Services
Generally, Original Medicare Part A and Part B do not pay for meal delivery. It only covers medical necessary services. Medicare recipients also can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, known as Medicare Part C, instead of Original Medicare. With Medicare Advantage plans, there are usually extra benefits offered, including vision, prescription drug coverage, dental and even meal delivery services.
You will need to demonstrate to the meal programs that you have an extreme need for their services. Even the situations mentioned above do not automatically qualify you for specific programs. Sometimes, people are only eligible for meal delivery for a limited time. Take, for example, physical conditions that improve, such as a disease or following surgery. You may only be allowed to use Medicare benefits for meal delivery service temporarily.
Check with your insurance provider to find out if you qualify for meal delivery. Even though individuals receive the service on a case-by-case basis for qualifying individuals who genuinely need the help, having a meal delivery service can be highly beneficial for them. It can improve their quality of life by ensuring they have proper nutrition.