Nearly all Medicare beneficiaries have at least one chronic condition and more than two-thirds live with multiple chronic conditions that could be prevented, managed or treated in large part with medical nutrition therapy provided by registered dietitian nutritionists. Despite this, Medicare does not provide coverage for MNT services that would help seniors live healthier lives and also reduce overall health care systems costs in the United States.
Passage of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act would be a win-win for the profession and the communities Academy members serve. If the MNT Act is passed, Academy members would receive more opportunities for reimbursement while also addressing the gap in care for our country’s seniors 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.
To get the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act over the finish line, Academy members are asked to take three easy steps to ACT now for MNT:
- Complete an action alert for the MNT Act.
- Contribute $5 to ANDPAC* to support the advancement of the MNT Act and other key Academy policy initiatives.
- Tell five people — friends, colleagues, clients — to ACT now for MNT by sharing the public action alert.
Our goal is to have all Academy members join the ACT now for MNT campaign. An online toolkit with social media graphics and messaging is available to help spread the word.
*Contributions to ANDPAC are voluntary and are not tax deductible. Federal law requires political action committees to report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year. Federal law also restricts corporate donations to PACs to be used for administration purposes only.
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