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Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Supports Introduction Of Medical Nutrition Therapy Legislation In Congress

CHICAGO, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) and Rep. Pete King's (N.Y.) commitment to America's health by introducing the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020. The bill would provide coverage for Medicare beneficiaries to obtain treatment from registered dietitian nutritionists and other qualified nutrition experts for many common and costly chronic diseases.
Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Supports Introduction Of Medical Nutrition Therapy Legislation In Congress
Many diet-related chronic conditions are contributing to poor COVID-19 outcomes. Minority populations have long faced chronic disease health disparities due to socioeconomic inequalities and reduced access to health care, healthful foods and safe places to be active. It is these same groups that are now disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Increasing access to medical nutrition therapy is a critical part of the solution and the Academy calls on policymakers to take action."Medical nutrition therapy administered by a registered dietitian nutritionist is critical in helping clients manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancers, obesity and kidney disease," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Terri J. Raymond. "Seniors deserve to have access to this cost-effective medical treatment." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion reports that 90 percent of the country's $3.5 trillion in annual health care costs go to the treatment of people with chronic diseases and mental health conditions. More than two-thirds of seniors receiving Medicare live with multiple chronic conditions.A A 
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