Food and Utility Assistance

2024 Food and Utility Benefits

Every month, Highmark, Wholecare Diamond and Ruby members will receive a monthly allowance to help with Food and Utility expenses. Diamond plan members will receive $175 and Ruby members will receive $35 a month. The monthly amount can be used as needed at select food retailers or on select utilities. 

Activating Your Benefits Card

Before you can use your 2024 benefits card, you will have to activate it. There are 3 ways you can activate your card: 

Activate Online

Activate online at

Activate by Phone

Activate your card by phone by calling: 1-833-832-7306 (TTY 711)

Click the link to download the Apple App Store Healthy Benefits+ mobile app.

Click the link to download the Google Play Store Healthy Benefits+ mobile app.

Important Reminders

Here are some important benefit details to know when using your utility support:

  • If you don’t spend your full utility support allowance during any three-month period, you’ll forfeit any remaining balance for that time. You’ll need to wait until the next three-month period to use your utility support.
  • Plan restrictions and payment processing fees may apply and are listed in your Evidence of Coverage (EOC) booklet.

For more questions, please visit or call
1-833-560-1817 (TTY 711)

Health benefits or health benefit administration may be provided by or through Highmark Wholecare, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“Highmark Wholecare”). Highmark Wholecare offers HMO plans with a Medicare Contract. Enrollment in these plans depends on contract renewal.

Medicare Ombudsman Website
Best Available Evidence

Last Updated: Oct  1, 2023