Who Pays for Nutrition Services?

The Academy works directly with and through local member efforts to expand coverage for MNT and market Registered Dietitian Nutritionists as the nutrition experts, and employers and other entities are creating innovative programs that offer nutrition services and provide opportunities for RDNs. Consumers increasingly recognize nutrition as an important component of health, and expect that MNT and other services provided by RDNs are paid for through health insurance.

"Does insurance cover nutrition counseling?" is a common question that often lacks a straightforward answer. This section contains information intended to increase understanding of health care insurance benefits and payer reimbursement for MNT and nutrition services, highlight the positive impact of the Affordable Care Act and provide specific information related to Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance. Learn about the Healthier Generation Benefit, employer-sponsored programs and other partnerships.