The local food movement continues to grow and we are incredibly fortunate in Wisconsin to have such a high level of awareness about and support for the benefits of fresh, seasonal local food. So shouldn’t a commitment to eating a healthy diet rich in flavorful fruits and vegetables be recognized? We think so. And so do several health insurance companies – Dean, GHC-SCW, Physicians Plus and Unity all offer some sort of benefit to insured members for signing up for a CSA share, just like you would get for joining a gym, or taking other active steps to improve your health. Each program is a little different, but you can find all the details below (thanks to FairShare CSA Coalition for complying this info!). These programs make a huge difference for thousands of households in the region by making fresh, local food more affordable and supporting small farms at the same time!
This innovative partnership is a joint effort between area Health Plans and FairShare CSA Coalition to encourage organic farming, keep local dollars in our communities and to build a healthier Wisconsin. Health Plan Partners support FairShare’s work and mission, promote healthy lifestyles, and take a proactive approach to improving our health, environment, and community.
In 2016, Physicians Plus is offering a new way to earn your wellness rewards for participating in healthy activities. You receive WellPlus points for purchasing a CSA and tracking your fruit and veggie intake. Points are equal to dollars for rewards. To communicate with Physicians Plus, please call member services at 608-282-8900 or 800-545-5015. Details available at the link below.
Though Dean Health discontinued their rebate program in 2013, members with coverage from Dean can use their point system to earn cash back for healthy habits (like eating fresh food from a CSA!) and use their points earnings to offset the cost of joining a farm. Details on their Healthy Living Program are outlined below.
Please let your insurance company know how much you value this program to help ensure that it continues to be offered in future years. Insurance companies seem to rarely be the good guys in the national news, so all the more reason to celebrate the good that these local insurance companies are doing! If your insurance provider doesn’t offer rebates like this, contact them and ask them to do so. Your voice means a lot, and helps support our goal of fresh food for all.