Access to Frontline Health Care Act


  • First Introduced: June 2009
  • Latest Action: Re-introduced as “Access to Frontline Health Care Act of 2017” (H.R. 2042) on April 6, 2017 (view the full legislation)

Key Points

  • The Frontline Access to Health Care Act will incentivize qualified RDs to practice in underserved areas, increasing the availability of nutrition services among traditionally-underserved populations
  • Our nation is facing a severe shortage in healthcare workers. Rural and historically-underserved areas are likely to be hardest hit by this shortage.
  • Research shows that when people have reliable and consistent access to health care, they are more likely to receive screenings, timely diagnosis, and appropriate treatment of chronic diseases and conditions.
  • A diverse health care workforce both helps to increase access to quality care and addresses disparities in health care that affect certain racial and ethnic populations.

Download the Academy’s Access to Frontline Health Care Act issue brief for additional information. Note: The issue brief references H.R. 702, a previous re-introduction of the bill.

For a comprehensive look at the Academy's position on health care reform and legislation related to it, view the Value of Nutrition Services in Prevention issue brief.