The My Healthy Weight Initiative is the first ever collective initiative by private and public payers and employers to offer a standard benefits and coverage for obesity prevention and treatment services for individuals of all ages.
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In November 2017, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) developed this public-private initiative with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to provide millions of individuals nationally with consistent coverage to support healthy weight change. Learn more about the initiative's history by visiting the My Healthy Weight about page.
My Healthy Weight builds on the foundation of the former Healthier Generation Benefit.
Public and private payers and employers pledge to offer the following standard benefits package with the same coverage for obesity and prevention and treatment services for individuals of all ages:
Intensive behavioral interventions every plan year for plan members with a qualifying diagnosis:
Organization who have taken the pledge will implement and/or cover one or more community-based program(s) for adults and/or children:
Members of My Healthy Weight have also committed to a variety of activities that will support the utilization of the newly covered benefits and, where applicable, move their organization towards value-based payments for obesity. For more information on value based payments view the Changes in Health Care Delivery and Payment page.
The Academy encourages RDNs to participate in the My Healthy Weight initiative by providing services, advocating for use of RDNs, and recruiting insurers and employers in their community to take the My Healthy Weight Pledge.
The My Healthy Weight Pledge does not guarantee credentialing and coverage of services by RDNs. Many of the members do include RDNs in their provider networks and recognize direct billing by RDNs. Contact each payer/employer for guidance on credentialing, coding and billing for services.
For those who do not recognize RDNs as service providers, you need to advocate for your value. Here are some steps you can take to get started:
The Academy's Weight Management Resources page contains materials available to help registered dietitian nutritionists provide comprehensive and coordinated weight management care for patients and families.