Nutritional access screening and referral programs in clinical settings could reduce food insecurity among high risk Medicare beneficiaries. In 2016, 9.1% of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older, and 38.3% of beneficiaries under age 65 experienced food insecurity, according to their responses to the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Food insecurity includes lacking money to buy food, running out of food, cutting meal size or skipping meals, or not eating balanced meals due to cost. The odds of experiencing food insecurity were higher among beneficiaries with income below $50,000 per year, those with four or more chronic health . . .
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