Opinion: How Obamacare could help end hunger

Published on December 29, 2016

This Boston Globe opinion piece written by our President and CEO Catherine D’Amato demonstrates the role of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in helping to end hunger in Massachusetts and across the country.

Hunger as a Public Health Issue

In 2016, GBFB launched a public health initiative designed to support community health centers and food insecure patients. This initiative was driven by a provision of the Affordable Care Act that recognizes the impact of social, economic, and environmental factors – like food insecurity – on health care outcomes and costs.

In the U.S. today, 1 in 7 people is food insecure and in Massachusetts 1 in 9. An estimated $160 billion in annual health care costs in the U.S. are attributable to food insecurity and hunger.

Read more:
The Affordable Care Act & Hunger, The Boston Globe, 12/29/16

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