Get a Monthly Allowance for Groceries With a Healthy Food Card

Did you know you may qualify for a monthly grocery allowance that you can use to buy healthy food?

What is the Medicare Grocery Allowance?

To help lower the costs of healthy food for individuals who live on limited income and resources, many Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans offer monthly food cards.

Medicare Benefits Solutions

Oct 21, 2022

Who Qualifies for Healthy Food Card Benefit?

  • Dual-eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) participants
  • Have a qualifying health condition including cancer, obesity, end-stage renal disease
  • Check with your plan to see if you are eligible

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What is the grocery benefit Medicare allowance?

  • Eligible members get a monthly grocery allowance
  • Buy healthy food online or in person 
  • Shop at participating stores like Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kroger
  • May cover meal delivery services

How can you lower the costs of your groceries and still get the nutritious food that will keep you strong and healthy? Discounts may be available through various programs, including a Medicare grocery allowance.

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What Stores Accept Health Food Cards?

It’s a good idea to verify the participating retailers applicable to your plan.

For example, here are some retailers that may accept most health food cards:

  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Family Dollar
  • Dollar General
  • Walmart
  • Kroger
  • Publix
  • HEB
  • Vons
  • Aldi
  • Costco

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What Can I Buy With My Healthy Food Card?

  • Fresh fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy, eggs, yogurt
  • Fresh chicken, and poultry products
  • Red meat
  • Deli meat
  • Fresh and frozen fish
  • Bread and other grains
  • Ready-to-eat foods like soup, prepared meals and sandwiches
  • Baking supplies, flour, sugar, mixes for baking, 
  • Spices
  • Condiments, sauces
  • Peanut butter, almond butter
  • Cereal and breakfast foods
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa, juice, bottled water and energy drinks
  • Frozen fruits, vegetables and juices
  • Ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt
  • Prepared heat-and-eat foods

If you are interested in getting support building a nutritionally based diet, consider scheduling a session with a nutritionist. Medicare Part B covers nutrition therapy services if you have qualifying health conditions.

Are There Items I Can’t Buy with Healthy Options Allowance?

Top items you can’t buy with the grocery benefit include:

  • Cigarettes, tobacco and vaping items
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Lottery tickets
  • Household cleaning products
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Fresh flowers
  • Alcohol

Can I Buy Nonfood Items With My Card?

Some plans offer dually-eligible beneficiaries credits to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) products and qualifying groceries. Some Medicare Advantage plans have a separate OTC benefit that you can use at participating pharmacies.

Medicare Plans With Health Food Card Option

While Original Medicare and Medicaid programs are available across the United States, access to Medicare Advantage plans, sold by private insurance companies, varies by location. A licensed sales agent can research options and help you navigate plans in your area that offer healthy food card benefits.

TIP: Use the Medicare plan finder to find plans that include nutrition benefits and compare them against your existing coverage.

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