Expand Medicare Coverage … (February 2024)
Registered dietitians are necessary team members to help people manage many medical issues. Eating Disorders can be chronic, are devastating and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (second after opioid addiction).
To support and help our Medicare population please contact your representing advocating for this expansion of medicare and will help to increase eating disorder care coverage.
Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Gary Peters (Mich.) and Representatives Robin Kelly (Ill.) and Jen Kiggans (Virginia) recently introduced the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act, which would expand coverage of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in Medicare Part B beyond diabetes and renal disease to include:
- Eating disorders;
- Gastrointestinal diseases including celiac disease;
- Cardiovascular disease; and
- Any disease related to unintentional weight loss.
The MNT Act would also authorize the Secretary of Health to expand coverage to other disease states, and would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer their patients for MNT.
Expanded access to nutrition care is especially important for minority populations that have long faced chronic disease health disparities due to socioeconomic inequality and reduced access to health care, healthful foods and safe places to be active. With rising rates of chronic diseases that disproportionately impact communities of color, expanded access to MNT is more important now than ever.
Urge your members of Congress to support the Medical Nutrition Therapy