Thanks to the support of ANDPAC Members, the Academy has been able to move the needle on key policy issues that impact the future of the profession.
- ANDPAC played a crucial role facilitating conversations that led to the re-introduction of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act in the 117th U.S. Congress. If passed, Academy members would receive more opportunities for reimbursement, while addressing the gap in care for seniors in the U.S. who only have access to MNT for diabetes and renal disease—a crucial step needed to achieve health equity for racial and ethnic minority populations.
- The inclusion of nutrition programs and services in the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March 2021. The Academy has advocated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for increased access to food and nutrition programs working collaboratively with many of our partners.
- Thanks to our strong advocacy efforts, both the U.S. House and Senate have passed bills that would provide relief from the 2% Medicare sequestration payment rate cuts scheduled to take effect on April 1. Once passed, the rate cuts to RDNs and other providers will be temporarily delayed until December 31, 2021. The Academy will continue to work closely with a large coalition of other provider groups to fight against cuts to Medicare payment rates.
- With direct involvement from the Academy, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Tina Smith (Minn.) introduced the bipartisan School Food Modernization Act of 2021. The legislation will expand schools' ability to modernize kitchen infrastructure and equipment, strengthen workforce training and support emergency preparedness for the future.