Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Opposes Amended House Health Care Bill

September 20, 2017

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, urges the U.S. Senate to reject the American Health Care Act of 2017 as amended by the Graham-Cassidy proposal.

In a letter to the Senate Majority and Senate Minority leaders, registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Donna Martin said the current bill fails to improve access to high-quality health care services or invest in vital nutrition services that would reduce health care spending. The Academy continues to oppose the repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides critical support for nutrition interventions to improve health in communities across the country.

The Academy also opposes the proposed block grants or per-capita caps for Medicaid spending that would "dramatically reduce patient access to vital nutrition services provided by registered dietitian nutritionists for disease prevention and treatment."

"The Academy urges the Senate and House of Representatives to work in a bipartisan manner to draft common-sense reforms to improve access to quality and affordable health care for all Americans. The Academy continues to offer its expertise to work with congressional leaders to improve the nutrition and health of the country" Martin said.

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All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at eatright.org.