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DC’s Bread for the City aims to lift people with chronic conditions up with ‘a prescription for cash’

Bread for the City has initiated the "Cash RX" program to provide extra financial support to residents suffering from chronic conditions, aiming to address economic inequality and health disparities in the District. Participants determine their cash amounts and decide how to spend it, with an average monthly ask of $1,100 to $1,400. Results show positive impacts, such as reduced stress about basic needs, including utilities, rent, and food. Recipients utilize the funds for various purposes, from medical expenses to cultural needs, demonstrating responsible spending. Funded by a health fund from a D.C. insurer settlement and donations, the program aims to expand and serve as a model for systemic change.