July 19, 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 as passed by the House of Representatives and now being considered by the Senate, and to also reject any proposal that fails to improve people's access to high-quality health care.
In a July 18 letter to the Senate Majority and Senate Minority leaders, registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Donna Martin said: "This legislation continues to eliminate investments in prevention and public health, reverse advancements made in disease prevention and chronic care management, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, would result in the loss of health care coverage for at least 24 million Americans."
The Academy previously identified five key tenets for analyzing any legislation to reform health care:
- The health of all Americans should improve as a result of our health policy choices. Sufficient resources must be made available to ensure optimal health.
- Access to quality health care is a right that must be extended to all Americans.
- Nutrition services, from pre-conception through end of life, are an essential component of comprehensive health care.
- Stable, sufficient and reliable funding is necessary for our health care system to provide everyone access to a core package of benefits.
- Health care must be patient-centered.
"The Academy urges the Senate to work in a bipartisan manner to draft common-sense reforms that would improve access to quality and affordable health care for all Americans. The Academy continues to offer our expertise to work with you to improve the nutrition and health of the country," Martin wrote.
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 eatright.org.