Grocery tech company Instacart has partnered with Mount Sinai Solutions, a division of Mount Sinai Health System serving employers and unions, to launch Instacart Health Fresh Funds grocery stipends as a benefit for post-operative and postpartum patients insured by a health plan sponsored by a Mount Sinai Solutions employer or union customer.
The new program is designed to alleviate challenges to accessing fresh groceries, pantry staples and household essentials following a major life event, such as a joint replacement, birth, or bariatric surgery. Working in direct partnership with employers and unions, Mount Sinai Solutions offers access to care and services that enhance the patient experience through a seamless and simplified health benefits ecosystem.
Through the new partnership, patients within the Mount Sinai Solutions network will receive $110 in Fresh Funds for the episode of care to pay for delivery of fresh groceries, pantry staples, and household and baby essentials following specialized care and surgery at Mount Sinai facilities in New York City, and extended partners in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Patients will also benefit from a tailored Mount Sinai Virtual Storefront, allowing for shopping and delivery of provider-recommended goods from local, regional and national retailers via Instacart. Using Instacart Health tools, the program supports each patient's recovery with actionable recommendations from Mount Sinai experts.