Health insurance coverage provides people with access to the care they need—when they need it. That’s Medicaid shares stories of people helped by Medicaid at critical points in their lives.
Lauren L., Lia S., and Justice A.
/ Portland, Oregon
Their story in four photos
“It’s not just nutritious food for the body. It’s food for the soul.”
CSA Partnerships for Health partners with Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Portland area to provide Medicaid and low-income patients access to produce from local farms. To participate, patients arrive at a health center each week to pick up the food.
“People in the program have said their physical, emotional, and mental health has improved,” according to Lauren, CSA Partnerships for Health director. “They are better able to afford healthy meals.”
The organization receives funding through the state’s Community Benefit Grant effort and produce is covered for participants through Medicaid flexible spending, allowing the nonprofit to serve more than 250 households annually.
“My local clinic referred me to this program, and I feel a sense of connection and gratitude when I get the produce,” says Justice, a Medicaid recipient and second-year participant. “It’s not just nutritious food for the body. It’s food for the soul.”