The Medi-Cal Medically Tailored Meals (MTM) Pilot Program is a medical nutrition intervention for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Aimed at reducing hospital and emergency department 30-day and 90-day readmissions, the Medi-Cal benefit includes complete nutrition of three meals per day, for 12 weeks and four Medical Nutrition Therapy sessions during the intervention, at no cost to the patient.
California is leading the country by launching the first statewide, Medically Tailored Meal program in the United States. The first-of-its-kind medical nutrition pilot program, California Senate Bill (SB) 97 was signed into law in June 2017 with $6 million dollars funding over a three-year period. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) oversees the program and will evaluate it at the end of the three years.
Learn About the Intervention
Services provided under the Medically Tailored Meals Pilot Program are designed as a congestive heart failure disease treatment program for those discharged from a hospital, emergency department, or a skilled nursing facility who are at the highest risk for hospital readmissions.
Pilot Counties - How to Refer To Services
California is leading the country by launching the first statewide, medically tailored meal program in the United States. Meals are provided by a group of six community-based non-profit organizations with a collective 140 years of expertise in engaging professional staff, volunteers and funders to provide meals and support to individuals facing a serious illness, including many clients who do not qualify for other free and low-cost meal services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Medically Tailored Meals? How is Medical Nutrition Therapy different from nutrition education? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions that explain what make our program services unique.