Insurance companies will be requiring pediatricians to screen every patient for food insecurities. We will begin these screenings on December 16, 2019.
Why are they wanting these screenings?
Food insecurity is a critical child health issue that impacts children and families in all communities.
Sixteen million US children live in households without consistent access to adequate food.
Children who live in households that are food insecure are likely to be sick more often, recover more slowly when sick, and they are hospitalized more often.
Lack of adequate healthy food can impair a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school. It is linked to higher levels of behavioral and emotional problems from preschool through adolescence.
Food insecurity can affect children in any community, including ours.
Pediatricians can help to identify children at risk for food insecurity and provide their families with community resources.
For information on food insecurity in our area, see SNAP Map Kansas or SNAP MAP Missouri.
If your family struggles to have the provisions you require, please use the following resources: