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Take Action Today on the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020
Representatives Eliot Engel and Pete King and Senators Susan Collins and Gary Peters recently introduced the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020 (H.R. 6971/S. 4504), which would expand coverage of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in Medicare Part B beyond diabetes and renal disease to include: 
  • Prediabetes;
  • Obesity;
  • Hypertension;
  • Dyslipidemia;
  • Malnutrition;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Cancer;
  • Celiac disease;
  • HIV/AIDS; and
  • Any disease related to unintentional weight loss.

The MNT Act would also authorize nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer their patients for MNT. 

Access to MNT is more important now than ever. Rates of diet-related chronic disease continue to rise, and many of these conditions are now contributing to poor outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Expanded access to nutrition care is especially important for minority populations that 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. These disparities are now contributing to disparities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. 

Urge your members of Congress to support the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020! 

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