Academy Commends Senate Vote to Reject Health Care Freedom Act

July 28, 2017

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, commends the U.S. Senate's rejection on July 27 of the Health Care Freedom Act, an amendment offered to the American Health Care Act that would have partially repealed the Affordable Care Act.

The bill would have eliminated investments in prevention and public health, reversed advancements made in chronic disease prevention and management, and according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, would have resulted in the loss of health care coverage for at least 16 million people.

The Academy urges the Senate and U.S. 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.

The Academy will also work with states to advocate for continued access and coverage for preventive services, coverage for preventive care, ambulatory care, behavioral health and other services where registered dietitian nutritionists are improving patient health.


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 the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at