Academy Applauds Introduction of Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

11/20/2019 - Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (Mich.) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) introduced the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act of 2019, which would authorize Medicare to reimburse RDNs for medical nutrition therapy provided to patients with pre-diabetes.

Academy President Terri J. Raymond was quoted in the press release from Sen. Peters' office, stating: "The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, commends U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Shelley Moore Capito for reintroducing the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act in the Senate. This important legislation would allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive coverage of medical nutrition therapy for prediabetes, helping millions of Americans receive the services they need and reducing the massive number of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes each year."

Also supporting the reauthorization and featured in the press release were the Academy's National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders member interest groups.

The Academy has long been a supporter and champion of this legislation and looks forward to working with Academy members and our colleagues in the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance to push for its enactment into law.