Jan 4, 2023

Business Wire

Season Health and healthAlign Expand Relationship to Pioneer an Industry-Leading Meal and Nutrition Benefit

Food-as-medicine platform tapped to serve three out of the six largest Medicare Advantage plans

Season Health, the leading food-as-medicine platform designed to address chronic condition management at scale, today announced a new partnership with healthAlign, an aging-in-place marketplace, to facilitate industry-first nutrition benefits to thousands of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.

healthAlign (a subsidiary of The Helper Bees) is one of the largest aging-in-place markets in the country. healthAlign partners with some of the world’s largest insurance carriers and health plans to improve the way in-home care is delivered and enable older adults to age independently at home. The partnership with Season will offer three service offerings to Medicare Advantage members, including shelf-stable pantry boxes, grocery errands, and a food-as-medicine bundle. All offerings will be facilitated through the Season platform, where members will be able to meet virtually with a Season dietitian, or use food benefits to shop for food, place orders, and have everything delivered to their homes.

“Whether it’s in the form of pantry boxes, grocery cards, or meals, an increasing number of Medicare Advantage plans are investing in ways to provide innovative food benefits for their members,” Josh Hix, co-founder and CEO of Season, says. “Since day 1, we’ve invested in building an integrated platform that not only allows members to exercise their benefits, but have access to a variety of food that meets their personal preferences around taste, culture, and household size. We’re excited to expand our relationship with healthAlign and bring our platform to thousands of new beneficiaries.”

This industry-leading benefit will be rolled out on behalf of some of the largest, national Medicare Advantage plans, allowing over 5,500 monthly members to receive healthy food and nutrition support they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The partnership also solves many of the key pain points that plans encounter in implementing meal and nutrition benefits, such as managing the complex logistics around the food industry supply chain, aligning the member experience across point solutions, and ensuring that health plan dollars allocated towards food are being applied towards healthy items.

Season has demonstrated improved health outcomes, such as a 1.5 A1c reduction for members in their diabetes program, as part of their partnership with other health plans. healthAlign programs have reduced member hospital readmissions by 65%, as well as in-patient spending by 35%.