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Albertsons Expanding Food, Medicine Access Via Supplemental Health Benefits

Grocer Partners with fintech company FIS, health equity org Soda Health.

  • Pre-paid debit cards funded by Medicare Advantage plans, employers, health care providers or local governments, health benefit cards can be used to purchase eligible over-the-counter medicine and wellness products, in addition to nutritious foods, whole grains, fish and poultry. Customers eligible for SNAP and WIC benefits can also use their cards in conjunction with an EBT account.

  • Albertsons is also continuing its partnerships with benefit card providers Solutran (S3), InComm (OTC Network) and Speak (formerly Speak Retail Group). Most national health plans, among them Aetna, Humana, United Healthcare and Centene, and many regional plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cigna, offer such benefits.

  • In accordance with a company-wide commitment to fight hunger and encourage healthy eating, the Albertsons Cos. Foundation pledged to reduce food insecurity through its Nourishing Neighbors program by boosting the availability of fresh produce and nutritious foods in local food banks, soup kitchens and community organizations. Additionally, Albertsons and its foundation will help 50,000 eligible consumers enroll in SNAP and WIC benefits in 2023.

SOURCE: Progressive Grocer 3/31/23

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